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Cree Maitland

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Cree Maitland (1865-1920)

1921 Obituary [1]

CREE MAITLAND was born in Glasgow on 12th June 1865.

He was educated at Dollar and Glasgow Academies. For two years he was apprenticed to electrical engineering with Anderson Munro, which firm was the first to light up a private house in Scotland with electricity.

He then served an apprenticeship at the locomotive works of Dubs and Co., Glasgow, and of the Caledonian Railway Co.

After two years' travelling in New Zealand and Australia he was appointed in 1890 manager and locomotive superintendent of the Sungei Ujong (Malay Peninsula) Railway Co., which position lie held for ten years.

He then became manager in Scotland for L. Loewe and Co., of London and Berlin, and six years later took up the position of general manager of the Glasgow Crane Works*, resigning in October, 1910.

He was always interested in lubrication matters, and formed a company in 1912 — The Menno Compressed-Air Grease-Cup Co., Ltd. — for the manufacture of compressed-air lubricators pressed out of steel and brass, becoming managing director.

This position he held until his death, which took place in London on 1st July 1920, at the age of fifty-five.

He was a Member, of this Institution from 1898 to 1907, and was re-elected in 1913.

* Might this company be Glasgow Electric Crane and Hoist Co as the dates seem to fit?

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