Thomas Armitage

Thomas Rhodes Armitage (1824-1890) was a British physician, and founder of the Royal National Institute of Blind People.He was born on 2 April 1824 at Tilgate in Sussex into a family of wealthy Yorkshire industrialists, the son of James Armitage (1793-1872) and Anne Elizabeth Armitage née Rhodes (1788-1833), of Farnley Hall, just south of Leeds, Yorkshire. His great-grandfather James (1730-1803) bought Farnley Hall from Sir Thomas Danby (of the family of Thomas Dany, first mayor of Leeds) in 1799, and in 1844 four Armitage brothers (including his father) founded the Farnley Ironworks, utilising the coal, iron and fireclay on their estate.
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