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Finlayson, James (1772?–1852?), engineer and cotton manufacturer, was probably born on 29 August 1772 in the parish of Penicuik, near Edinburgh. Of his early life in Scotland nothing is known, and it is in St Petersburg in Russia at the end of the eighteenth century that he first makes his appearance, as a master machinist at the ...

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Tangye, Sir Richard (1833–1906), machine tool manufacturer and engineer, born at Broad Lane, Illogan, Cornwall, on 24 November 1833, was the fifth son in a family of six sons and three daughters of Joseph Tangye, a Quaker Cornish miner of Redruth (who afterwards became a small shopkeeper and farmer there), and his wife, ...