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G. E. Donisthorpe

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George Edmund Donisthorpe

N.B. There is possibility for confusion here with George Edmond Donisthorpe, also of Leeds.

c1811 Born in Market Bosworth[1]

1844 George Edmund Donisthorpe, gentleman, son of George Iliffe Donisthorpe, dyer, married Elizabeth Wordsworth, daughter of Joshua Wordsworth, machine maker, in Leeds[2]

1844 George Edmund Donisthorpe left the Partnership with Samuel Hattersley and Frederick Hattersley, at Bradford, in the county of York, as Top Manufacturers, under the firm of Saml. Hattersley and Company, on the 1st day of May 1843[3]

1849 George Edmund Donisthorp patented an arrangement to make the driving wheels of Locomotives more effective.[4]

1849 Henry Rawson, of Leicester, Manufacturer, and George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, Manufacturer, had been assigned the Letters Patent granted in 1836 to James Noble the elder, of Mill-place, Commercial-road, in the county of Middlesex, Woolcomber, for an invention of "Certain improvements in the Combing of Wool and other fibrous substances." They applied for an extension of the patent[5]

1849 Letters-Patent granted to GEORGE EDMOND DONISTHORPE and JOHN WHITEHEAD, of Leeds, Manufacturers, for their Invention of "Improvements in preparing, combing and hackling fibrous matters"

1850 Letters Patent granted to Samuel Cunliffe Lister, of Manningham, near Bradford.in the county of York, and George Edmond Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the same county, Manufacturer, bearing date at Westminster, the 20th day of March, 1850, for "improvements in preparing and combing wool and other fibrous materials."

1851 George Edmund Donisthorpe 40, wool merchant, lived in Chapeltown, Leeds, with Elizabeth Donisthorpe 30, Emily Flowers Donisthorpe 5, Wadsworth Donisthorpe 4, Ann Gertude Donisthorpe 3, Edith Lucy Donisthorpe 2 Months[6]

1851 Award at the 1851 Great Exhibition. See details at 1851 Great Exhibition: Reports of the Juries: Class VI.

1853 Patent notice 216 to George Edmond Donisthorpe and John Crofts, of Leeds, in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in combing wool,hair, or other fibrous materials."

1854 A member of the Leeds Committee for the Paris Exhibition[7]

1859 The 1850 combing patent had been assigned to George Edmond Donisthorpe and Samuel Cunliffe Lister, of Bradford, who petitioned for alteration of the specification of that patent.

1859 Patent notice 2673 to George Edmond Donisthorpe, of Leeds, for the invention of "improvements in apparatus for hackling, dressing, and combing silk waste, and other fibres."

1860 Patent notice 181 to George Edmond Donisthorpe, of Leeds,in the county of York, Top Manufacturer, for the invention of "an improvement in making cop tubes."

1861 Geo Edward (sic) Donisthorp 50, wool merchant, lived in Chapeltown, Leeds with Elizabeth Donisthorp 40, Emly Flower Donisthorp 16, Wordsworth Donisthorp 14, Anne Gertude Donisthorp 13, Edith Lucy Donisthorp 10, Alice Maud Donisthorp 8, and his brothers Alfred Donisthorp 47, wool top manufacturer, Sarah Donisthorp 48, Mary Flower Donisthorp 31, Maria Flower Donisthorp 22[8]

1861 Was a partner in the West Ardsley Coal Co

1861 Patent notice 2126 to George Edmond Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in respect of the invention of "improvements in sizing yarn or thread previous to warping."

1861 Patent notice to George Edmond Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in respect of the invention of "improvements in sizing, drying, and warping yarns for weaving."

1861 Patent notice 1302 to George Edmond Donisthorpe, of Leeds, for the invention of "improvements in apparatus used in getting coal."

1861 Dissolution of the Partnership between George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, and Alfred Burgess, of Leicester, as Wool Top and Nail Manufacturers, and carried on at Leicester, under the style of G. E. Donisthorpe and Burgess; the business was carried on by George Edmund Donisthorpe solely.[9]

1861 Patent notice to George Edmund Donisthorpe and William Firth, of Leeds, Merchants, and Robert Ridley, of Leeds, Engineer, in respect of the invention of "improvements inmachinery and apparatus for working coal and other mines."[10]

1863 Patent notice to George Edmond Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in apparatus used when getting coal and other minerals."

1863 Patent notice 2671 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the county of York, for the invention of " improvements in apparatus used when getting coal and other minerals"

1864 Patent notice to George Edmond Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in machinery used in getting coal, stone, and other minerals."

1864 Patent notice 2612 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in fixing or securing the rail or tramways used when getting coal and other minerals by machinery."

1864 Patent notice 2614 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in obtaining grease from wash waters."

1865 Patent notice 808 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the county of York, Top and Nail Manufacturer, for the invention of " improvements in apparatus for washing wool, hair, and other fibre".

1865 Patent notice 2797 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for combing wool and other fibres."

1865 Patent notice 3127 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the county of York, Top and Nail Manufacturer, for the invention of "improvements in machinery employed when getting coal and other minerals."

1866 Patent notice 568 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds,in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for combing wool and other fibre."

1866 Patent notice 703 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for cutting coal."

1866 Patent notice 1136 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds,in the county of York, Top and Nail Manufacturer, for the invention of "improvements in getting coal and other minerals, and in machinery employed for that purpose."

1866 Patent notice 1138 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the county of York, Top and Nail-Manufacturer, in respect of the invention of "improvements in machinery for washing wool, hair, and other fibre."

1866 Patent notice 2557 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for washing wool, hair,and other fibre."

1867 Patent notice 886 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, in the county of York, Top and Nail Manufac-turer, for the invention of "improvements in machinery employed in getting coal, and other minerals, and in tramways to be used therewith, also in engines to be worked by compressed air or other fluid."

1867 Patent notice 1363 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds,in the county of York, Top and Nail Manufac-turer, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for combing wool and other fibres."

1868 Patent notice 63 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds,in the county of York, Engineer, for the invention of "improvements in the construction and mode of fixing joints, catches, or other fastening for brooches and other ornaments, and ornamental mountings and fittings/or furniture and articles of vertu."

1868 Patent notice 3300. To George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds,in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in packing the pistons, and other parts of steam and other engines."

1868 Dissolution of the Partnerships between George Edmund Donisthorpe, John Crofts, and Richard Dawson, as Top and Nail Manufacturers, Woolcombers, and Spinners at Larchfield Mills, in Hunslet, in Leeds, in the county of York, under the several names or styles of G. E. Donisthorpe and Coy, and John Crofts and Coy. Mr. Donisthorpe retired from the businesses which carried on by Mr. Crofts and Mr. Dawson, in partnership with Mr. Hillifar D. Chapman, of London, under the firm of John Crofts and Coy.[11]

1868 Patent notice 1223 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds,in the county of York, Merchant, for the invention of "improvements in apparatus for getting coal, and other minerals."

1870 Patent notice 620 to George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Bedale, in the county of York, Machinist, for the invention of "improvements in apparatus for cutting coal and other mineral."

1870 Patent notice 2387 to Wordsworth Donisthorpe, of Belvedere, Harrogate, William Leatham, of Leeds, and George Edmund Donisthorpe, of Leeds, all in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for cutting coal and other minerals."

1871 George E Donisthorpe 60, colliery proprietor, lived in Harrogate with Elizabeth Donisthorpe 50, Wordsworth Donisthorpe 24, Emily E Donisthorpe 25, Ann G Donisthorpe 23, Edith L Donisthorpe 20, Alice M Donisthorpe 18[12]

1875 George Edmund Donisthorpe died in Harrogate[13]

1881 His daughter, Emily Flower Donisthorpe, married in Liverpool; her father, George Edmund (deceased), was described as an engineer[14]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. Parish records
  3. London Gazette 18 June 1844
  4. The Engineer 1864/05/06
  5. London Gazette 14 Dec 1849
  6. 1851 census
  7. The London Gazette 22 September 1854
  8. 1861 census
  9. London Gazette 5 April 1861
  10. The London Gazette 25 March 1862
  11. London Gazette 9 Jun 1868
  12. 1871 census
  13. National probate calendar
  14. Parish records