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Alexander Shanks (1801-1845) of Alexander Shanks and Son, engineer and lawnmower manufacturer
1801 September 3rd. Born at Milnetown of Bridgetown, Forfarshire, the son of Alexander Shanks, a wright, and his wife Elizabeth Ferguson.
1825 Established a spinning and machine making firm in Arbroath.
1834 Patented a process 'for preparing and dressing hemp and other fibrous substances'.
1829 March 23rd. Married in St, Vigeans, Forfarshire, to Ann Braid
1831 Birth of his son James Shanks
1840 Shanks founded the firm of Alexander Shanks and Son