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Thomas Edington


1742 - 1811

Industrialist. Edington joined the Carron Company as a salesman in 1764, only five years after the iron works was established by Samuel Garbett, John Roebuck and William Cadell. Within a year, he was appointed manager of their Cramond iron works. He married Cadell's daughter and was soon taken into Cadell's business as a partner. He brought innovations to the Cramond works and, with Cadell, setup the Clyde Iron Works at Carmyle in Glasgow (1786) and another iron works at Muirkirk (1789). He later concentrated on engineering and foundry work, opening the Phoenix Foundry on Queen Street in association with his sons. This foundry manufactured the entrance gates to Glasgow Necropolis, said to be the oldest cast-iron gates in the city. He died in Glasgow.


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