William Carr (1749- 1834), bought into the first cotton-spinning company with Hugh Stirrup, Richard Salisbury, John Shakeshaft and William Barrow, who bought the water corn mill from Richard Dilworth.
William Carr was a mechanic from Scorton, who managed the business after he had built (or supervised the building of) the machinery. He probably mastered the Arkwright system at Scorton Factory, which began spinning in 1780. He was a Roman Catholic and was well fitted to join the Kirk Mill promoters who were also of that faith. (See The Water Spinners, by Chris Aspin)
Do you know anything more about William Carr? If so, please let us know so we can add the information to our archive!! Thank you!