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Archibald Cochran, 9th Earl of Dundonald (1749 - 1831)
Naval Officer and Chemical Manufacturer. Experiments on improved methods of making sail cloth. Manufacturer of alkali, British gum and white lead. Constructed at Culross, retorts for the distillation of tar from coal. Between 1781 and 1812, took out 10 patents including one for the covering of the hulls of ships with coal tar to prevent the rotting of timbers (1785). Eventually bankrupted by his pursuit of scientific activities.
[Source: The IEE]

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