William Ged

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William Ged (1699 – 19 October 1749) was a Scottish goldsmith who invented stereotyping.[1]

Ged was born in Edinburgh, where he carried on business as a goldsmith. In 1729 he endeavoured to push his new process of printing, on which he had been working since 1725, in London by joining in partnership with a capitalist, but, disappointed in his workmen and his partner, he returned despondent to Edinburgh. An edition of Sallust and two prayer-books (for the University of Cambridge) were stereotyped by him.

He died in Edinburgh and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard. The grave was unmarked.[2]


  1. "William Ged, (b. 1690, Edinburgh, Scot.—d. Oct. 19, 1749, Leith, Midlothian), Scottish goldsmith who invented (1725) stereotyping". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 11 January 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Monuments and monumental inscriptions in Scotland: The Grampian Society, 1871

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