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William Ged (1699 – 19 October 1749) was a Scottish goldsmith who has been credited with the invention of "stereotyping.[1] However, he was not the first to use the process.[2]

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.[3]

He died in "Edinburgh and was buried in "Greyfriars Kirkyard. The grave was unmarked.[4]


  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. 
  2. ^ See "stereotyping.
  3. ^ One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the "public domain"Wood, James, ed. (1907). "Ged, William". "The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne. 
  4. ^ Monuments and monumental inscriptions in Scotland: The Grampian Society, 1871
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