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James Steel (1792-1891)

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1868. Apparatus for Mashing Roasted Malt.

1792 James Steel was born. He became a brewer, inventor and councillor.

Steel inherited his father's brewery in Tureen Street, Calton.

1853 The brewery was relocated to Greenhead Street.

1858 He acquired the Craigend Brewery in Edinburgh.

1865 James Steel took George Coulson as a partner, and together they formed Steel, Coulson and Co. The partnership was later dissolved.

James Steel was a talented mechanical engineer and inventor. Among his inventions were a malt masher and the Steel MacInnes Brake for railway carriages.

1891 James Steel died.

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