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Samuel Garbett

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Garbett, Samuel (1717–1803) of Samuel Garbett and Co and the Carron Co, industrialist and ironmaster

1717 Born in Birmingham

1735 August. Married Anne Clay (d. 1772) of Aston. They had four children, two of whom died in infancy

He was a brass worker and an agent for a London merchant in the purchase of Birmingham ware. He entered into partnership with John Roebuck as a refiner of gold and silver and a consultant chemist to local industries in Birmingham.

He begin the manufacture of sulphuric acid in Birmingham

1749 Based at at Prestonpans in Scotland.

1759 Formed the ironworks at Carron, Stirlingshire. Garbett and Roebuck each held 25 per cent of the capital of the Carron Co. William Cadell, Senior and his son William Cadell, Junior were also financially involved.

1772 Notice that a statue of Samuel Garbett, founder of the Carron Co, is being made in Birmingham. [1]

1782 Summoned to appear as a bankrupt in Birmingham [2]

1783 Garbett promoted the Birmingham Commercial Committee to look after the city's interests

Garbett's public life centred on Birmingham. He helped set up the city's assay office in 1773 and was warden from 1796 to 1800. He was active in the Birmingham General Hospital and was chairman of a commission of 1769 to widen and clean the streets.

1803 December 5th. Garbett died in Birmingham age 87. [3]

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Sources of Information

  1. Newcastle Courant - Saturday 13 June 1772
  2. Derby Mercury - Thursday 28 February 1782
  3. Morning Post - Monday 12 December 1803