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Robert Parish Busk

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of Leeds

Born 1806 to Robert Busk (b.October 11 1768, in Barton Lodge, Hunslet) and Jane Busk (born Westly, 1768). Robert Parish Busk had 7 siblings: Charles James Busk, John Westly Busk and 5 others. He married Martha Diana Pruen in Kentucky in 1863, at age 57.[1]

1842 Advert: 'MACHINE MAKERS AND OTHERS.— TO BE SOLD BY PRIVATE CONTRACT, on the Premises lately occupied by Mr. Robert Parish Busk, in Hunslet Lane, a large Assortment of Valuable MACHINE MAKERS’ TOOLS, consisting of One Boring and Turning Lathe, 20 Feet Bed, 36 Inches high, with Self-acting Cross Slide; One small Ditto, Three Slide bathes, 10 Feet beds, 8 Inches Centres; One Slide Lathe for Screw Cutting, 7 Feet Bed. 8 Inches Centres; Three Upright Drilling Machines, One Planing Machine, 12 Feet Bed, Three Feet wide: One Revolving Cutting Engine, Seven Double Gear Lathes, Six Single lathes, Iron and Wood Gantrees, Wood Benches, large Number of Vice, Pair Glaziers and Standards, Hand Gear Punching Machines, One Twelve Horse Condensing Engine, partly Finished: Drawing and Roving Frames, for Coarse Tow Yams, with several other Preparing Frames for Flax, partly finished; Quantity of Anvils, Smiths’ Tools, Bellows and Boiler Makers' Tools. Bar Steel. Steel Taps. Dies and Stocks. Three Joiners' Benches, with Sundry Lots of other Valuable Tools.' [2]

1859 Patent No. 2876: Robert Parish Busk, of Lille, in the Empire of France, Engineer, and Thomas Greenwood, of Leeds, in the County of York, Machinist, for an invention for "Improved machines for opening and drawing fibrous substances."

1876 Death Notice: 'At Eastbourne, Robert Parish Busk, Esq., in his 70th year.'[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] My Heritage website, Robert Busk
  2. Leeds Mercury - Saturday 30 April 1842
  3. London Evening Standard - Wednesday 19 April 1876