Papers of Thomas Newstead, 1842- c 1910, chemist

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Presscuttings book c 1864-1918

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Thomas Newstead , who was born in England in 1842  , was a chemist at Whitevale Chemical Works in Glasgow, Scotland, from around 1874  until c 1892  . The chemical works of William Paterson (c1786-1873) produced iodine, chloride of potassium, sulphate of potash and other chemicals from kelp and was described as the largest of its kind in Europe , or the world, in 1864 (Weekly Mail, 30 Jan 1864). The works used more than four fifths of the commercial kelp harvest, with supplies coming from the Western Islands, Orkney, Shetland and Ireland. Newstead lived at 58 Whitevale Street, Glasgow, from c.1874-1878  before moving to 59 Main Street, Shettleston, Glasgow in 1878  . He married Margaret Paterson, the only daughter of Andrew Paterson, manufacturer, Commerical Court, 114 Candleriggs St, Glasgow. They had a daughter Mary in 1877 and a son Andrew in 1880. Thomas Newstead died c 1910  . Sources: 1881 Census records of Shettleston, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Glasgow Post Office Directories; and UGC129/1


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