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1848 - 1914
Born October 15th, 1848, in the house which became known as St. Stephen's Rectory, St. Stephen-street, Salford. His father, Mr. R. E. Mottram, was closely identified with Salford, and was a member of the Council for more than 50 years. His mother was the daughter of Mr. William Bow, member of the engineering firm of Messrs. Jenkinson and Bow. Mr. William Jenkinson was the fourth Mayor of Salford, and Mr. Bow was honorary surveyor of highways in the old township of Broughton. After leaving the Manchester Grammar School, where Richard received his education, he served an apprenticeship to the profession of mechanical engineer with Messrs. Galloway and Sons, Manchester, and ultimately became a director of Galloways. In later years he became a member of the Iron and Steel Institute of Great Britain, and at the time his death was a director the Manchester Liners Ltd. and the Chilian Mills Company Ltd.
He was four times Major of Salford, and received his knighthood on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, and this was a well-earned honour bestowed upon a man who had always taken prominent part in the public life the Royal borough. He died at his residence, Beech House, Pendleton, on 4th April 1914, aged 65.