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William Reid (1798-1869)

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William Reid (1798-1869) telegraph engineer

c.1798 Born in Scotland[1]

Married Jane.

c.1824 Birth of son William Reid in Glasgow

c.1828 he moved his family to London[2]

c.1829 Started work on his own account (his later description of his role was as an engineer)

1829 Birth of son Robert Nicol Reid in London; William was an engraver[3]

1833 Birth of son James in London

1839 of 25 University Street, Tottenham Court Road, London[4]

c. 1839 Focussed on electric telegraphs, in which field he made several improvements over the following years; the business later became Reid Brothers, Engineers.

1843 of 25 University Street, Tottenham Court Road, London, a smith and engineer[5]

1845 of 25 University Street, Tottenham Court Road, London, a smith and engineer[6]

1851 Exhibited at the Great Exhibition

1851 William Reed 53, Engineer, lived in Tottenham Court Road, with Jane Reed 48, Jane H Reed 28, William Reed 26, Helen W Reed 23, Robert N Reed 21, Mary A Reed 19, James Reed 17, Matilda Reed 15, Hannah Reed 12[7]

1854 Proposed as an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers[8]

1856 Telegraph Instrument manufacturer, of 25 University St, and 3 Thornhaugh Mews, Tottenham Court Road, London[9]

1860 of 25 University Street, London University, London WC[10]

1861 William Reid 63, retired engineer, lived in Hampstead, with Jane Reid 58, Jane Hotson Reid 38, Mary Ann J Reid 29, Matilda M Reid 25, Hannah Reid 22, John Reid 19[11]

1869 William died in Hampstead, aged 72[12]; in 1871 Jane was recorded as a widow living Hampstead[13]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 census
  2. Based on births of daughter Helen in Lambeth
  3. Parish records
  4. Pigot's Directory
  5. Post Office Directory
  6. Post Office Directory
  7. 1851 census
  8. Civil engineer records
  9. Post Office Directory
  10. 1860 London Royal Blue Book
  11. 1861 census
  12. BMD
  13. 1871 census