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1846 Born in Tavistock the son of James Northcott and his wife Mary
1873 Started the business General Engine and Boiler Co
1884 Birth of son Henry Hans Macfarlane Northcott
1901 Northcott wrote to various engineering-related bodies, to invite their suggestions on ways of reconciling the interests of the employer and the employed. The bodies consulted included the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Junior Engineers, the Institution of Foremen Engineers and Draughstmen and the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, the men's trades union. The I Mech E and the AES declined but the other 2 bodies agreed to provide suggestions.