William Cadell

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William Archibald Cadell
Born 1708
Died 1777
Residence Cockenzie, Scotland
Occupation Industrialist
Known for Founder of Carron Iron Works
Relatives Henry Cadell (great, great grandson)

William Archibald Cadell of Cockenzie (1708–1777) was a Scottish industrialist, one of the pioneers of the industrial revolution on the Firth of Forth. He was a member of a merchant family involved in the import of iron from Russia and Sweden.

He and his son, also William (baptised 1737, died 1819[1]), were founders with Samuel Garbett and John Roebuck, of the Carron Iron Works,[2] in 1759, originally known as Roebuck, Garbett & Cadells.

His daughter Christian Cadell married Thomas Edington (1742-1811) who became joint proprietor at Cramond Iron Works before establishing his own independent company in Glasgow in 1797: Thomas Edington & Son. Their grandson was the geologist Thomas Edington FRSE (1814-1859).[3]

His great, great grandson was the geologist Henry Cadell.


  1. ^ R. H. Campbell, ‘Garbett, Samuel (1717–1803)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 29 July 2012
  2. ^ "Carron: Scotland's Forge". BBC. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Graces Guide: Thomas Edington & Son