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William Preston (1806-1871)

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Alderman William Preston (1806-1871) of Robert Preston and Co and Fawcett, Preston and Co

1806 August 13th. Born in Pilling, Lancs., the son of Thomas Bouker Preston (1768-1821) and his wife Mary Proctor (1782-1816)

1829 Married at Pilling to Margaret Gardner

1856 '...Mr. Alderman William Preston is a native of at Pilling, near Lancaster, and nephew of the late Mr. Robert Preston, who was the founder of the old and well-known firm of Robert Preston and Co, the eminent distillers, of which business the subject of this notice is now the head........ Robert and William Preston, who, besides being engaged with their distillery, in Vauxhall-road, were deeply interested in Fawcett, Preston, and Co.'s well-known foundry, in York-street.'[1][2]

1871 February 25th. Died at Ellel Grange, Ellel, Lancs.


1871 Obituary [3]

One of the most useful and unostentatious of our public men has passed away. Mr. William Preston, of Rock House, West Derby, and Ellel Grange Lancaster, died on Saturday evening, about half-past nine o'clock. Deceased was a native of Pilling, near Lancaster, and nephew of the late Mr. Robert Preston, who was the founder of the old and well-known firm of Robert Preston and Co., the eminent distillers, to which business he succeeded and continued to be the head.

Mr. Preston left home early in life, and entered in this town into the service of his uncles, who, besides being engaged with their distillery in Vauxhall-road, were deeply interested in Fawcett, Preston, and Co.'s extensive foundry in York-street.........[more regarding his political and private life]


Memorial[4] "One of the most useful and unostentatious of our public men has passed away. Mr. William Preston, of Rock House, West Derby, and Ellel Grange Lancaster, died on Saturday evening, about half-past nine o'clock. Deceased was a native of Pilling, near Lancaster, and nephew of the late Mr. Robert Preston, who was the founder of the old and well-known firm of Robert Preston and Co., the eminent distillers, to which business he succeeded and continued to be the head. Mr. Preston left home early in life, and entered in this town into the service of his uncles, who, besides being engaged with their distillery in Vauxhall-road, were deeply interested in Fawcett, Preston, and Co.'s extensive foundry in York-street."



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Sources of Information

  1. Liverpool Mercury - Friday 25 July 1856
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  3. Liverpool Mercury - Monday 27 February 1871
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