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Charles Macintosh


In the mid 1700's George Macintosh lived at Newmore. His son, the aforementioned Charles Macintosh, was born in 1768.
 
He made his name in science and is credited with inventing a revolutionary bleaching powder. His partner Charles Tennant took out the patent in 1899, but it is believed that Macintosh was the real creator.
 
Another invention was waterproof material. Macintosh was aiming this at the manufacture of tents, but was also used in clothing - 'The MacKintosh' or 'Mac'. The material was first introduced in 1824. Who knows - without Charles Macintosh there would be no Columbo!


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