1) This is the word for the master or chief person in an ironworks or foundry, a manufacturer on a large scale.

It is recorded in Sussex in 1674 and in south Yorkshire from the very beginning of the eighteenth century: 1701 fil’ Joh’is Fell ironmaster de Forge, Sheffield. In 1765, ‘Francis Humphrey of Woolaston, iron-master took over the forge’, Sheffield Forge. In 1782, the Brightside firm of Booth, Binks and Hartop began describing themselves as ironmasters, and a volume printed in 1799 contains the minutes of meetings of the principal Iron Masters in the counties of York and Derby.

places Sheffield
dates 1701 1765

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