George Courtauld

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George Courtauld (1761–1823) was the founder of Courtaulds which was to become one the United Kingdom's largest textile businesses.


Apprenticed to a Spitalfields silk weaver in 1775, George Courtauld first worked on his own as silk throwster.[1] Between 1785 and 1794 he made a number of visits to America.[1] In 1794 he established his own textile business at Pebmarsh under the name George Courtald & Co.[1] However by 1816 the business was in financial difficulty: that year George's son Samuel took over the business and built it into one of the largest textile businesses in the United Kingdom.[1]

George was an ardent Unitarian.

He retired to America where he died in 1823.[1]


George was born on 19 September 1761 to Samuel Courtauld and Louise Perine Ogier. He was christened on 8 October 1761 in the French Huguenot Church, Threadneedle Street, London.

George Courtauld married Ruth Minton[2] on 10 July 1789. Their children were:

He died on 13 August 1823 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.


  1. ^ a b c d e Samuel Courtauld (George Courtauld's son) at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of London: Volume 11. Huguenot Society of London. 1917