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ELLIS , SAMUEL ( 1803 - 1852 ), engineer ;

b. at Melinrhyd near Cyfronydd, Mont. , in the spring of 1803 , one of the eight children of Hugh Ellis , miller , millwright , and builder . He went to school at Castle Caereinion and as a child showed natural aptitude for mechanical contrivances. In 1826 he went to Manchester , and in 1832 he entered into partnership with a Mr. Norton as millwrights and iron-founders . The partnership was dissolved in 1838 and Ellis purchased a large iron-foundry — the Irwell works , Salford . In June 1843 he obtained a patent for improved railway turntables and weighing machines. He was thus brought to the notice of Robert Stephenson who introduced him to the capitalist Kennard . In 1847 he perfected an invention for better adapting travelling cranes for general use on railways . In 1848 he bought the Palace mill at Llan-ym-Mawddwy . He took part in public affairs and was a member of Salford town council . He d. 6 April 1852 and was buried in Pendlebury churchyard , Manchester .


  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies (1894) .


Elwyn Evans, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959