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Richard Cail

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Richard Cail (1812-1893)

1882 Richard Cail of Newcastle-on-Tyne, was an Exhibitor at the 1882 Exhibition of Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture.[1]

1894 Obituary [2]

RICHARD CAIL was born at Gateshead-on-Tyne on the 11th of May, 1812.

After being educated at Mr. Bruce’s school at Newcastle, he was - in accordance with the wish of his father, who thought that all youths should learn a trade - bound apprentice for seven years to Mr. Joseph Grey, builder, of that town. His master was a strict man of business and every day he was absent from work had to be made up before his indentures were delivered to him.

On the expiration of his apprenticeship he commenced work on his own account in 1832 as a builder. He soon began to undertake considerable contracts and, being exempt as a Freeman of the town from the payment of all dues on cargoes, was able to make large profits on the timber, slates and Aberdeen flags which he imported in rapidly increasing quantities.

As he became better known, Mr. Cail obtained several important railway contracts,...[more]

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