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Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell, (1st Baronet)

Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell, (1st Baronet)

Ironworks Manager / Engineer
Male 1816 - 1904  (88 years)

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  • Name Isaac Lowthian Bell 
    Prefix Sir 
    Suffix (1st Baronet) 
    Born 15 Feb 1816  Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 20 Jun 1816  St Andrew's, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1851  St Andrew's, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1861  Washington Hall, Washington, County Durham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1871  Washington, County Durham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 1881  82 Harley Street, Marylebone, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 1891  Rounton Grange, East Rounton, Hambleton, Yorkshire North Riding, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 1901  Rounton Grange, East Rounton, Hambleton, Yorkshire North Riding, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Education University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Education Sorbonne University, Paris, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation Ironworks Manager / Engineer 
    WWW https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowthian_Bell 
    Died 20 Dec 1904  Northallerton, Hambleton, Yorkshire North Riding, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Buried Aft 20 Dec 1904  East Rounton, Hambleton, Yorkshire North Riding, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • St Lawrence Churchyard, East Rounton
    Person ID I0320  Johnson Tree
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2019 

    Father Thomas Bell
              b. 1784, Carlisle, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Apr 1845  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Catherine Lowthian
              d. 11 Sep 1875, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 30 Mar 1815  Carlisle, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Siblings 3  
    Family ID F0133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Elizabeth Pattinson
              b. 26 May 1820, Alston, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 Nov 1886, Hambleton, Yorkshire North Riding, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 20 Jul 1842  Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Children 
     1. Sir Thomas Hugh Bell, (2nd Baronet)
              b. 10 Feb 1844
              d. 24 Jun 1931  (Age 87 years)
     2. Margaret Florence Bell
              b. 14 Sep 1847, Longbenton, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 27 Mar 1930  (Age 82 years)
     3. Baroness Mary Katherine Bell
              b. Abt 1848, Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 4 Jan 1929, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     4. Ada Phoebe Bell
              b. Abt 1851
              d. Between 1871 and 1961  (Age ~ 20 years)
     5. Charles Lowthian Bell
              b. 24 Mar 1855, Washington Hall, Washington, County Durham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 Feb 1906  (Age 50 years)
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F0118  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Early Life
      Isaac was born on the 15th of February 1816 in Newcastle, the eldest son of Thomas and Catherine (nee Lowthian)

      Isaac attended the Academy run by John Bruce in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, then went to Edinburgh University and subsequently to the Sorbonne.

      Career
      In 1835, Isaac joined the Walker Ironworks where he studied the the operation of the blast furnaces and rolling mills. A desire to master thoroughly the technology of any manufacturing process was to be one of the hallmarks of Bell's career.

      In 1844 Lowthian Bell and his brothers Thomas Bell and John Bell formed a new company, Bell Brothers, to operate the Wylam ironworks. These works, based at Port Clarence on the Tees, began pig-iron production with three blast furnaces in 1854 and became one of the leading plants in the north-east iron industry. The firm's output had reached 200,000 tons by 1878 and the firm employed about 6,000 men.

      In 1850 he started his own chemical factory at Washington in Gateshead, established a process for the manufacture of an oxychloride of lead, and operated the new French Deville patent, used in the manufacture of aluminium. Bell expanded these chemical interests in the mid-1860s, when he developed with his brother John a large salt working near the ironworks.

      He was twice Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Member of Parliament for North Durham from February to June 1874, and for Hartlepool from 1875 to 1880. In 1895 he was awarded the Albert Medal of the Royal Society of Arts, 'in recognition of the services he has rendered to Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, by his metallurgical researches and the resulting development of the iron and steel industries'.

      Family Life
      Isaac married Margaret Elizabeth on the 20th of July 1842 in Newcastle. In the subsequent years they had give children:

      1. Thomas Hugh, born 1844, Isaac's heir
      2. Margaret Florence, born 1847, our 2x great grandmother
      3. Mary Katherine, born c. 1849, who married Edward Lyulph Stanley, 4th Baron Stanley of Alderley
      4. Ada Phoebe, born c. 1851
      5. Charles Lowthian, born 1855, who married Helen Porter


      Death
      Lowthian Bell died at his home, Rounton Grange, Rounton, Northallerton on the 20th of December 1904.

      Residences
      In 1854 he built Washington Hall, now called Dame Margaret's Hall. He then bought the Rounton Estate in 1866 and decided to rebuilt a new house - Rounton Hall - in 1871.

      By the 1920s Rounton Hall became too expensive to live in so the Bell family moved to Mount Grace Manor. Rounton Hall has since been demolished.

      Footnotes
      Text adapted from https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Isaac_Lowthian_Bell

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Feb 1816 - Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Jul 1842 - Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1871 - Washington, County Durham, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1881 - 82 Harley Street, Marylebone, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1891 - Rounton Grange, East Rounton, Hambleton, Yorkshire North Riding, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1901 - Rounton Grange, East Rounton, Hambleton, Yorkshire North Riding, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Dec 1904 - Northallerton, Hambleton, Yorkshire North Riding, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 20 Dec 1904 - East Rounton, Hambleton, Yorkshire North Riding, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Isaac Lowthian Bell
    Isaac Lowthian Bell

  • Sources 
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    2. [S0035] familysearch, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NFGX-8JC.

    3. [S0311] England and Wales Census, 1851, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Margaret F Bell; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGX7-BP7 : 9 November 2019), Margaret F Bell in household of Isaac L Bell, St Andrew, Northumberland, England; citing St Andrew, Northumberland, England, p. 71, from "1851 England, Scotland , 1851.

    4. [S0333] England and Wales Census, 1871, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Margaret F Bell;(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBZJ-QKQ : 30 September 2019), Margaret F Bell in entry for Isaac Lowthian Bell, 1871., 1871.

    5. [S0139] 1881 England Census, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Class: RG11; Piece: 140; Folio: 22; Page: 37; GSU roll: 1341031.

    6. [S0319] England and Wales Census, 1891, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Walter Johnson; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7T9R-8N2 : 7 May 2019), Walter Johnson in household of Lowthian Bell, Sir, East Rounton, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and image, 1891.

    7. [S0303] England and Wales Census, 1901, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Walter Johnson; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSSZ-V8F : 21 May 2019), Walter Johnson in household of Lowthian Bell, East Rounton, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, f, 1901.

    8. [S0000] Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage & Companionage 1896, (Dean & Son, London), Page 41.

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