George Kynoch (businessman)

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George Kynoch (22 August 1834 – 28 February 1891) was the founder of IMI plc, one of the United Kingdom's largest engineering businesses.

Career[edit]

Born at Peterhead in Aberdeenshire and educated at the local school, George Kynoch first worked as an insurance clerk in Glasgow and then as a bank clerk in Worcester.[1] After working for a while at larger bank branch in Birmingham, in 1856 he decided to join Pursall & Phillips, ammunition manufacturers, in Birmingham.[1] In September 1861 he proceeded to set up his own ammunition business on four acres of land that he acquired at Witton near Handsworth.[1] The Lion Works, as it became known, quickly secured contracts to supply ammunition to the British and Turkish Governments.[1] In 1884 his interests were bought out and he was simply employed as Managing Director.[2]

In 1886 he became Member of Parliament for Aston Manor and in 1887 he was appointed President of Aston Villa Football Club.[1] These roles distracted him from his business and in 1888 he was forced to resign: he emigrated to South Africa and died in Johannesburg in 1891.[1]

Family[edit]

In 1863 he married Helen Birley.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hugh Gilzean-Reid
Member of Parliament for Aston Manor
18861891
Succeeded by
George Grice-Hutchinson