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Alexander Wilson (1847-1919)

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c.1847 Born in Donaghadee, County Down, [1], son of Alexander Wilson, civil servant[2]

c.1864-1871 Apprenticed to MacAdam Brothers, mechanical engineers, serving 7 years

Attended Queen's College, Belfast

1874 Graduated Bachelor of Engineering with honours

1875 Engaged as Inspector of Machinery by Messrs Kinipple and Morris, civil engineers of London and Greenock

1876 Worked on the West India Graving Dock

1876-81 Worked with Walter Hunter on designs and execution of hydraulic cranes, lifts and pumps for the Commercial Gas Co of London, H. E. Jones engineer; on a 40 ton derrick for the East and West India Dock Co with J. R. Manning, M.I.C.E.; on a floating crane for the Royal Albert Docks with R. Carr Esq.

1879 Alexander Wilson married Sarah Ann Birden (b.1847 Stamford), in Newark[3]

1881-4 Engaged with Professors Ayrton and Perry as manager on the development of the Telpherage railway system

1882 Awarded Master of Engineering degree by the Royal University of Ireland

1884 Alexander Wilson of 73 Great Eastern St, London EC, was elected to join I Mech E; he had been proposed by John Anderson, Walter Hunter, John C Fell, Robert Wilson, Robert Carr.

1884 Alexander Wilson M.E. joined Inst Civil Engineers as an Associate; of 46 Leyton Road, Forest Green[4]

1885 of Addington House, Bow Road, London, E

1885 Alexander Wilson, widower, an engineer, married Mary Ann Greayer (born in Bow, London c.1856), in Tower Hamlets, London[5]

1886 Alexander Wilson M.E. of Addington House, Bow Road, London E

1886 Alexander Wilson, mechanical engineer of Great Eastern St, resigned from I Mech E.

1891 Civil engineer (AMICE), living in Handsworth, Birmingham, with his wife Mary A. (born Bow, London) and 2 daughters (born in Bromley by Bow)[6]

1896 Alexander Wilson M.E., of 180 Radford Boulevard, Nottingham

1901 Alexander Wilson, civil engineer, born Swinton, and his wife, Sarah A. Wilson, born Stamford, were living in Clapham, London[7]

1911 Alexander was a mechanical draughtsman; was living with his wife and 2 daughters in Ilford[8]

1919 Alexander Wilson died in Ilford; probate granted to Margaret Wilson, spinster[9] (his daughter).

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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 census
  2. 1885 marriage record
  3. BMD
  4. Civil Engineer Lists
  5. Marriage record
  6. 1891 census
  7. 1901 census
  8. 1911 census
  9. Probate record
  • 1884 I Mech E membership records