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Robert Hutton (c1826-1899)
Founder of Batts Foundry.
He remained in control of the foundry business for over forty years, until his death, aged about 73 years, in 1899. (The Whitby Gazette wrote a modest obituary when it reported his death.) At that time it would seem that his substantial house at 3 Esk Terrace passed to his daughter, Jane (known as Jenny). Robert's sons James and Robert took over the foundry business, which was renamed Robert Hutton & Sons. The firm's administration was located at James's considerably more modest house at 5 George Street, Whitby.
1899 Obituary 
ROBERT HUTTON died on January 25, 1899. He was connected with the Batts Foundry at Whitby. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1876.