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Charles Tennant
(1768-1838)

Chemist

Textiles was one of the key industries of the Industrial Revolution and a chemist like Tennant, who learned his trade in the bleaching industry, was well placed to exploit it. His patented bleaching powder - which was probably devised by his partner. Charles Macintosh - had the benefit of being portable, so could could easily supply the burgeoning textile industry. In 1800 Tennant and his partners moved to the St Rollox chemical works, the largest in the world.