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William Briggs (1839-1919)

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1839 Born in Nottinghamshire

Moved to the British Asphalte Co., Port Dundas (Glasgow).

1865 His experience in the chemical industry led to the establishment of his own works to distil bitumen from coal tar at Arbroath - see William Briggs and Sons

1871 Birth of his son James Alexander Briggs (1871-1961)

1907 James Alexander became chairman.

1919 William died.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Archives of the British chemical industry, 1750-1914: a handlist. By Peter J. T. Morris and Colin A. Russell. Edited by John Graham Smith. 1988.