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James Nicholson Richardson

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James Nicholson Richardson (1846–1921) of the Bessbrook Spinning Co and J. N. Richardson, Sons and Owden

1846 February 7th. Born in Belfast, the son of John Grubb Richardson, an industrialist, and his first wife, Helena Grubb, originally of Cahir Abbey, co. Tipperary.

He was educated at home until 1857 and then at Grove House Academy, a Quaker school in Tottenham.

1863 Started his apprenticeship with Bessbrook Spinning Co

1867 Married Sarah Sophia Malcomson, daughter of William Malcolmson, in Waterford.

1878 The Bessbrook Spinning Company was incorporated as a limited company, with Richardson as its first chairman

At the 1880 general election Richardson was elected Member of Parliament for Armagh and held the seat until 1885. He was a supporter of the interests of the tenant farmers of Ireland and a member of the Religious Society of Friends.

1881 James N. Richardson MP, 35, living in London with Sarah S. Richardson 32 and his brother Thomas W. Richardson 24, merchant[1]

1893 Married Sara Bell in Lurgan[2]

1921 Richardson died at the age of 75 in Edgbaston[3]; he is buried in the grounds of Bessbrook Friends' Meeting House, close to his home.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 census
  2. Quaker records
  3. National probate calendar