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William Dixon (c.1753-1822)

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1771 William Dixon (aged about 18) moved from Northumberland to settle in Govan

Manager of the Govan coalfield

After a few years he became the lessee of the Govan coalfield.

1775 He married Miss Janet Smith, an Ayrshire lady, and settled down to prosperous life

1788 His son William Dixon (1788-1859) was born.

1795 Dixon established the Calder ironworks in Lanarkshire in partnership with David Mushet, the discoverer of the local blackband iron ore, and James Creelman, a local pottery manufacturer.

1802 He bought out his partners to become the proprietor.

1813 Bought an interest in the Govan coalfield, later gaining sole control.

1819 Bought the estate of Govanhill, followed by the properties of Wilsontown and Fauldhouse. In all these districts he opened up fields of coal and ironstone.

1822/4 Dixon died in October, 1822, leaving his property to his two sons, John and William. John sold his share in the Calder works to his younger brother William Dixon (1788-1859).

See Also


Sources of Information

  • William Dixon (1788-1859) [1]
  • Dixon family, ODNB [2]