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1867 R A Lister company founded by Robert Ashton Lister.

Robert Ashton Lister - Founder of R A Lister

Robert Ashton Lister

Robert Ashton Lister was born on the 4th February 1845 at The Rivers in Dursley, Gloucestershire.

In 1867 Mr Robert Ashton Lister founded his new company to produce agricultural equipment. This included simple equipment like cream separators and other dairy and sheep shearing machinery, petrol, oil and gas engines, tractors, tractor ploughs and automatic electric lighting plants. This all started the process off to become what is now known as Lister Petter.

In recognition of his success as both a businessman and his time as a valued member of parliament, in 1911 he was given an honourable Knighthood for all his hard work and achievements.

In 1929, at the age of 84, Sir Robert Ashton Lister passed away. His legacy and products are still at the heart of Lister Petter in many ways.


Your Lister Petter engine is precision engineered to give years of outstanding reliability and consistent performance in the most extreme temperatures and conditions.