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William George Ainslie

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William George Ainslie (1832-1893) of Harrison, Ainslie and Co

1893 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM GEORGE AINSLIE, born in 1832, in India, was educated at Sedbergh School. He was originally in the service of the East India Company, and at the time of his death was senior partner in the iron and steel manufacturing firm of Messrs. Harrison, Ainslie & Co., of Ulverston, and chairman of the North Lonsdale Iron and Steel Company, Limited, of the same place.

Notwithstanding his many business engagements, he found time to interest himself in public affairs. He was a magistrate for Lancashire, and in 1885 and 1886 member of Parliament for the North Lonsdale division of that county. When in Parliament, he took an active part in the promotion of the Pig Iron Warrants Bill. He took great interest in the Volunteer movement, and formerly held a commission as captain in the 37th Lancashire Volunteers.

He was an original member of the Iron and Steel Institute, and was present at the inaugural meeting in London on June 23, 1869. Mr. Ainslie died in February last, and was thus sixty-one years of age.

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