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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.