Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,124 pages of information and 233,665 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

John Fothergill

From Graces Guide

Jump to: navigation, search

John Fothergill (? - 1782) was a merchant from Birmingham

Served his apprenticeship with a merchant house in Konigsberg

Worked for Ingram and Duncomb

Fothergill was Matthew Boulton's business partner between 1762 and 1782 and together they opened the Soho Manufactory, one of the earliest factories in Birmingham. Fothergill's expertise was mainly in trading, he spoke French and German, and had travelled widely in Europe as an agent for other manufacturers.

Boulton and Fothergill's partnership never made a profit, and the relationship ended in acrimony.

1782 Died

See Also


Sources of Information