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Henry Scott Cox linen merchant1,2

M, #17076, b. 1 April 1816, d. 10 March 1886
Last Edited: 13 Nov 2020

Parents:

Father*: James Cock bleacher, manufacturer2 b. 1776, d. 1848
Mother*: Helen Scott2 b. 1787, d. 1824
  • (Child) Birth*: Henry Scott Cox linen merchant was born on 1 April 1816 at Lochiefield, Forfarshire, Scotland, .3,2
  • He was the son of James Cock bleacher, manufacturer and Helen Scott.2
  • Marriage*: Henry Scott Cox linen merchant married Anne Preston on Friday, 19 July 1844 at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; First name(s)     Henry S
    Last name     Cox
    Sex     Male
    Marriage year     1844
    Marriage date     19 Jul 1844
    Place     Dundee
    Periodical     Dundee Perth And Cupar Advertiser
    Publication year     1844
    Publication date     19 Jul 1844
    Page     3
    Spouse's first name     Anne
    Spouse's last name     Preston
    County     Forfarshire (Angus)
    Country     Scotland
    Event Type     Marriage Notice
    Record set     Scotland, Newspaper Marriage & Anniversary Notices
    Category     Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    Subcategory     Parish Marriages
    Collections from     Great Britain, Scotland.1
  • (Headstone) Memorial Inscription*: Henry Scott Cox linen merchant was erected in 1886. Inscription reads First name(s)     Henry Scott
    Last name     Cox
    Age     79
    Birth year     1816
    Death year     1886
    Cemetery     St Peters Church, Invergowrie
    Burial ground     Invergowrie
    County     Forfarshire (Angus)
    Country     Scotland
    Transcription     James Cox of Clement Park and Carlton 5.7.1808 – 1.12.18*5 aged *7y. William Cox of Foggyley and Syagon 23.2.1812 – 7.9.189* aged 82y. Robert Crystal Cox 16.12.1815 – 2.8.1891 aged **. Henry Scott Cox 1.4.1816 – 18.3.1886 aged 79. Thomas Hunter Cox, Duncarse, Mallesden and Strathmartine 13.9.1818 – 1.1.1892 aged 74. George Addison Cox, Beechwood and Invertrossachs 27.12.1820 – 6.5.1899 aged 79. Mrs Ellen Scott Cox or Methven of 9 Windsor Street, Dundee 27.9.1824 – 23.3.1893 aged 68. Old table tombstones in memory of James Cock his wife Isobel Doig in family was removed from its site in front of this monument to the vestibule of Liff Parish Church for preservation 23.2.1914
    Record set     Scotland Monumental Inscriptions
    Category     Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    Subcategory     Parish Burials
    Collections from     Great Britain, Scotland.4
  • (Deceased) Death*: He died on 10 March 1886 at Eccles, Manchester, England, , at age 69 11 MAR 1886
    DEATH OF MR HENRY S. Cox. -The death of Mr Henry S. Cox, following so soon after that of his elder brother. cx-Provost Cox, will be learned with regret by his friends in this district. Not being a member of the firm of Messrs Cox Brothers, be will not intimately connected with Dundee as his other brothers, but be lived a number of years in Dundee after his return from India, where he had been engaged as a merchant and manager of the Camperdown Pressing Company Limited, and had endeared himself to a large circle of friends. His health suffered from his residence in India, and for some time past he had been gradually failing. He left Dundee at the end of last year, and took up his residence at Eccles, near Manchester, where he died yesterday in the 69th year of his age. He is survived by a daughter.3
  • Burial: He was buried on 18 March 1886 at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, .2
  • Name Variation: Henry Scott Cox linen merchant was also known as Henry Cock.
  • (Witness) Business-Owner: He witnessed the Business-Owner of William Cox of Cox Bros; William Cox papers
    This material is held at University of Dundee Archive Services
    Reference GB 254 MS6/3
    Dates of Creation 1832-1844
    Name of Creator William Cox
    Physical Description 1 folder The records are on paper.

    Scope and Content
    Legal papers 1843-1844; Financial papers 1843-1844; Correspondence 1832-1844.

    Administrative / Biographical History
    William Cox (1812-1894) was the second son of James Cox and He formed Cox Brothers Ltd as a copartnery with his three brothers, James Cox, Thomas Hunter Cox and George Addison Cox in 1841. A fourth brother, Henry Cox was generally resident in Calcutta to manage business interests there.5
  • (Other founder) Business-Founder: Henry Scott Cox linen merchant was one of the founders of an unknown person ; Cox Brothers business records
    This material is held at University of Dundee Archive Services
    Reference GB 254 MS6/1
    Dates of Creation 1831-1896
    Name of Creator Cox Brothers Ltd
    Physical Description 2 boxes The records are on paper.

    Scope and Content
    Corporate records 1831-[1882]; Legal records 1842-1861; Internal administration 1840-1885; Accounting and financial records 1835-1874; Operational records 1824-1885; Marketing / PR records 1833-1936; Staff and employment records c 1870-1872; Ephemera c 1890-1910.

    Administrative / Biographical History
    The Cox family is reported to have been connected with parish of Liff and Benvie since the early 17th century. Their connection with the linen trade in Lochee dates from the beginning of the 18th century when a member of the Cox family was a small manufacturer in Lochee, then an insignificant village. He died in 1741 and was succeeded by his son David, who extended the business until 1793, when his son, James, became its manager. He was a man of considerable enterprise and standing, and was one of the original shareholders and partners of the Dundee Banking Company, instituted in 1777. In 1816 the fourth generation of the Cox family took possession of the works, which had been greatly extended, with bleaching greens covering over 25 acres. Three years afterwards the business suffered a considerable loss when the works, including warehouses filled with finishing cloth, were almost consumed by fire. The buildings, though temporarily repaired in order to run out the lease, were never properly restored, and soon afterwards were razed to the ground. The proprietor then removed to the most populous part of Lochee, and turned his attention to weaving the different fabrics for which the district was famous. On these premises the first broad hessian for the Manchester market was woven in 1815, which, although only 45 inches wide, caused considerable curiosity and excitement.

    The last-named proprietor was succeeded by his son, James Cox, in 1827. He formed a copartnery with his three brothers, William Cox, Thomas Hunter Cox and George Addison Cox in 1841. A fourth brother, Henry Cox was generally resident in Calcutta to manage business interests there. Hand-loom weaving became gradually superseded by power-looms and the firm were quick to adopt the most recent improvements. Cox Brothers also took advantage of the growing importance of jute and, following the construction of Camperdown Works, begun in 1849, ultimately became one of the largest jute manufacturing companies in Europe. In a short time every operation connected with the manufacture of jute was performed within their premises. The works covered an area of 25 acres and employed about 5,000 workers. One of the most prominent features of the works was the giant chimney stack built from 1,000,001 bricks. A branch railway ran into the works from the Caledonian line to Dundee. In the 1880s Edward Cox, James' son, became associated with Camperdown Jute Works, and on his father's death in 1885 he was given a directing hand in its affairs. Following the conversion into a Limited Liability Company, in 1893, he acted as Chairman. In 1899 J Ernest Cox, Edward's son, joined the firm of Messrs Cox Brothers. In 1920 Jute Industries Ltd acquired companies in the city, including Cox Brothers Ltd. From 1920 until 1948 J Ernest Cox was a chairman of Jute Industries Ltd and its subsidiary companies.In 1890 the firm presented a 25 acre public park to Lochee.6
  • (Author) Letter for web*: On 5 October 1843 at Manchester, England, , at Manchester, England, , wrote a letter to James Cox of Cox Bros and Thomas Hunter Cox of Cox Bros; Manchester 5 Oct 1843
    Dear Bros,
    I note [write?] today with 3 Bank of England notes value £40 which I hope arrives safe.
    I have only to [ado?] the following order for Bylands & Sons - viz no 40 50
    8per 8ply = 16ply 58 inch [units?] strips to be sent off as soon as you can & cancel the remainder of (if any) of the [Jumpd? Canvas C 3 1/12 d.
    They have not a single piece of [Boddy? of any kind in the place
    from [yours?]
    xxx xxxx
    Henry S Cox.7

Census Events

Head of Household30 June 1851He was listed as head of household in the 1851 census at Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, England, . Henry Scott     Cox     Head     Married     Male     -     -     Illegible     -
Hannah     Cox     Wife     Married     Female     -     -     Illegible     -
Georgina Ellan     Cox     Dau     -     Female     2     1849     Illegible     -
Mary Ann     Daly     Servant     Unmarried     Female     19     1832     House; also in the household was Georgina Ellen Cox.8

Family:

Anne Preston b. 1918
  • Marriage*: He married Anne Preston on Friday, 19 July 1844 at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; First name(s)     Henry S
    Last name     Cox
    Sex     Male
    Marriage year     1844
    Marriage date     19 Jul 1844
    Place     Dundee
    Periodical     Dundee Perth And Cupar Advertiser
    Publication year     1844
    Publication date     19 Jul 1844
    Page     3
    Spouse's first name     Anne
    Spouse's last name     Preston
    County     Forfarshire (Angus)
    Country     Scotland
    Event Type     Marriage Notice
    Record set     Scotland, Newspaper Marriage & Anniversary Notices
    Category     Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    Subcategory     Parish Marriages
    Collections from     Great Britain, Scotland.1

Child:

  • Residence*: Henry Scott Cox linen merchant lived at Hooghly, Calcutta, India, .9

Citations

  1. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Record Transcription:
    Scotland, Newspaper Marriage & Anniversary Notices [Oct 2020].
  2. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) The Cox Family in Angus and Perthshire https://www.coxlochee.co.uk/Members.php?memberID=20&pageno=1&origin=3 [Nov 2020].
  3. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Dundee Obituary Book [Oct 2020].
  4. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Record Transcription:
    Scotland Monumental Inscriptions [Oct 2020].
  5. [S138] Description of 'William Cox, William Cox papers, 1832-1844. Cox Brothers Ltd, Jute Spinners and Manufacturers, and Cox Family Papers. University of Dundee Archive Services. GB 254 MS6/3' on the Archives Hub website, [https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/data/gb254-ms6/ms6/3], (date accessed :13/11/2020).
  6. [S138] Description of 'Cox Brothers Ltd, Cox Brothers business records, 1831-1896. Cox Brothers Ltd, Jute Spinners and Manufacturers, and Cox Family Papers. University of Dundee Archive Services. GB 254 MS6/1' on the Archives Hub website, [https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/data/gb254-ms6/ms6/1], (date accessed :13/11/2020).
  7. [S43] Held by PCC & found by GDA amongst the effects of DGA/CNM [Sept 2020].
  8. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Record Transcription:
    1851 England, Wales & Scotland Census
    Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, England [Oct 2020].
  9. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) Messrs Cox Brothers, Manufacturers https://mcmanus168.org.uk/mcmanus168entry/messrs-cox-brothers-manufacturers-lochee/ [Nov 2020].