Robert Kay (1728-1802), eldest (?) son of John Kay
1750s Called to France by his father, with 2 of his brothers, to help in manufacture of shuttles
Returned to England
1760 He extended the use of his father's wheel-shuttle from a single shuttle to two or more shuttles, housed in a drop box to the side of the loom, so permitting the easier weaving of multiple colours and cross-striped fabrics. The drop box was never patented.
1764 he appealed to the Society of Arts for a reward for his father's invention but the society criticized John Kay for his activities in France.
Robert also improved the capacity of the wheel-shuttle for weaving checks and bed ticks
1773 Improved the card-making machine.
1774 the Society of Arts awarded a bounty of 50 guineas to John Kay for his cards but not for his shuttle.
Sources of Information
- Biography of John Kay, ODNB