Richard Arkwright Senior

Richard Arkwright Senior (1732 - 1792)

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Sir Richard Arkwright Senior
Born in Preston, Lancashire,
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Bolton-Le-Moors, Lancashire, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Leigh, Lancashire, Englandmap
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Died in Cromford, Derbyshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Feb 2013 | Last significant change: 20 Nov 2018
06:30: Vivienne Caldwell edited the Biography for Richard Arkwright Senior (1732-1792). (added England template) [Thank Vivienne for this]
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Richard Arkwright was born on 23 December 1732 in Preston, Lancashire into a family of humble circumstances. His father, Thomas, was a tailor in Preston. Yet Richard died a very wealthy man and his children married into the landed gentry. Richard's factory methods[1] did more to change history than any statesman.

Richard Arkwright became rich and famous because of his implementation of his 'water frame', a water-driven cotton mill [2] , as well as many other innovations.

He was knighted in 1786 [3] and passed away on 03 August 1792 at his factory works at Cromford [4]. Two thousand people came to his funeral.

The Arkwright Society was founded in 1972 after the festival celebrating the bicentennial of the 'world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill' in 1771. The Society purchased the near derelict Cromford Mills Site in 1979 and now runs the site as a visitor attraction, with educational facilities, events, shops, two restaurants and workspaces for small businesses. 2016 saw the much awaited opening of the Visitor Gateway & Arkwright Experience.[5].





Thanks to Dawn Orcutt for starting this profile.

  • See Burkes landed Gentry 18th edition for Arkwright of Sutton Scarsdale for details
  • Wikipedia [1]

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On 26 Mar 2017 at 03:15 GMT Shirlea Smith wrote:

Arkwright-94 and Arkwright-67 appear to represent the same person because: They are both Sir Richard Arkwright born 23 Dec 1732 in Preston, Lancashire, sometimes called the Father of the Industrial Revolution. One profile lists his two wives while the other references his mistress and their son. All this is historical knowledge re all three ladies.

more info on his family is available at

On 26 Mar 2017 at 03:09 GMT Shirlea Smith wrote:

Richard is 22 degrees from Sharon Caldwell, 19 degrees from Burl Ives and 13 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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