Karl E Rother

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Born circa 1825 and died circa 1915. He married Elizabeth Spooner sister of Charles Easton Spooner[1] Charles's sisters, Amy, Harriett and Elizabeth, went on the "Grand Tour" of Europe and met Rother, a Frankfurt merchant. Karl took to Elizabeth and (when he had seen it) Ffestiniog slate, and became the husband of the one and first and pricipal importer of the other through Hamburg. Rothers, Spooners and Tiddemans remained close; and although Rother's two adopted sons, to his anger, used to toast "England's downfall", after 1918 August Rother (one of them or a nephew?) re-made contact: he had taken Luxemburg nationality and to replace the lost Welsh slate had opened quarries in the Duchy. Luxembourg slates were, however, a poor substitute.

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  1. ^ Wilson D H (1977) FRM No. 77 pages 21 & 23.