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John Kay

(c. 1704—1780) inventor of textile manufacturing machinery


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(1704–c. 1780).

Engineer and inventor. Born in 1704 near Bury (Lancs.), Kay patented his flying‐shuttle for a loom in 1733. It produced a great speeding‐up in the process of weaving, but Kay experienced considerable difficulty in exploiting his invention. His house was destroyed in 1753 by a mob concerned about unemployment, while the Leeds manufacturers banded together to indemnify each other against legal proceedings to enforce Kay's patent.

Subjects: British History.


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