William Cruickshank

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Cruickshank was born in Scotland. Sorry I looked but could not find out where, or when but what I can tell you of course is the rest of the story. He graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1780. In 1788, he was the assistant to Adair Crawford at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.

In 1802, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. By 1803, he was ill, probably due to the exposure of his experiments. Not sure but he died in 1810 or 1811.

What you may not know about William is that he was the first to identify carbon monoxide, he also was the first to use chlorine to purify water. However, his most important contribution was involved was using electrolysis. Alessandro Volta invented the trough battery and he improved on it. He solved the problem by laying the battery on its side in a rectangular box. He lined with box with shellac with pairs of zinc and copper plates, filling the box with diluted sulfuric acid. Using that method, he was able to extract pure metals, know known as electrowinning. It is still in use to this day.  

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - some stories make me wonder "what if..".  So much obvious intelligence and so many more accomplishments...

Aug 16, 2019 03:05 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray that's organic chemistry... the process of extracting one material from another..... it's a washing process....

Aug 16, 2019 03:33 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

How amazing, James. Who'd have thought these "inventions" went back to the 18th century. I sure didn't.

Aug 16, 2019 04:20 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He was way ahead of his time however a great idea can stand the test of time.

Aug 16, 2019 04:44 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. The facts, just the facts mame.......Interesting for sure.

Aug 16, 2019 04:55 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Will have to try one of those battery contraptions and see if there is gold in them hills.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 16, 2019 05:10 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoyed this post as I enjoy all your posts daily.  It continues to amaze me how many things we take for granted that were invented so long ago.  A

Aug 16, 2019 05:59 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

You are probably right. He was around hazardous materials for a long period of his life.

Aug 16, 2019 06:19 AM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. The creative mind is without boundaries. Enjoy your day 

Aug 16, 2019 06:21 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Darn, I was really wanting to know where in Scotland he was born, but not enough to research it myself.

Aug 16, 2019 07:05 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- all of what he did, while extremely significant, went right over my head. 

Aug 16, 2019 01:25 PM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James, he die way before his time but did alot to start out with his limit time.


Aug 16, 2019 01:28 PM #12
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing another amazing story.  Such great accomplishments from long ago - still being relied on today.

Aug 16, 2019 06:51 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

My life seems so simple compared to most of the people you post about. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

Aug 16, 2019 09:40 PM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

He certainly was an impressive individual with diverse interests. I had no clue these inventions and discoveries were that old.


Aug 17, 2019 08:40 AM #15
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Interesting but now I want to know about Volta and his experiments. Obviously the term Volt came from his name James Dray ???????

Aug 17, 2019 04:50 PM #16
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
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I did not know Mr. Cruikshank discovered electrolysis before today.

Aug 19, 2019 02:59 PM #17
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hello James, another very accomplished and inventive personality of the 1800s.  So much was discovered and engineered at that time, it really is amazing.  Thanks again for your research and illumination.

Sep 14, 2019 07:05 PM #18
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