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Shanks, Alexander (1801–1845), engineer and lawnmower manufacturer, was born at Milnetown of Bridgetown, Forfarshire, on 3 September 1801, the son of Alexander Shanks, a wright, and his wife, Elizabeth Ferguson. Very little is known about his early life, with the exception that he had extensive family connections in the flax industry. In 1825 he established his own spinning and machine making firm in ...

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