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Alexander MacIvor

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Alexander MacIvor (1856-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"ALEXANDER MAcIvoR was born in Edinburgh in 1856 and received his education at the Heriot Hospital and the Watt Institutions, Edinburgh. He served his apprenticeship from 1870 to 1876 at the works of Messrs. James Bertram and Son, Edinburgh. He later joined the staff of the Daily Telegraph paper mills, Dartford, where he was the chief engineer's assistant until 1883, and head engineer until 1889. He was subsequently draughtsman with Messrs. Bryan Donkin and Company, London, and chief engineer to Messrs. John Annandale and Son, Durham.

In 1897 he was appointed chief engineer to Messrs. Potter and Company, Darwen. This firm later merged into the Wall Paper Manufacturers, Ltd., Darwen, and he became the chief paper-mill machinery expert of this company. He held this post until his retirement in 1926. In 1924 he became a director of the Olives Paper Mill Company, Ltd., Bury, an appointment he held until his death, which occurred on 18th January 1939. He was very interested in technical education, and towards the end of the last century he was for several years lecturer to classes in paper manufacture in both Darwen and Bury. He was elected an Associate Member in 1897 and transferred to Membership in 1904."

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