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David Bruce Peebles

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David Bruce Peebles (1826-1899).

1826 Born in Dundee

1866 Started his business which eventually became Bruce Peebles and Co

1881 David B Peebles 55, practical engineer master employing 39 Men 6 Boys, living in Leith, with his daughters Rosa C 16, Charlotte L 15, May 4, sons Edward C 12, William C 9, Arthur C 6, John R 3[1]



Obituary 1899[2]

"...David Bruce Peebles, who was well known in engineering, gas, and scientific circles. Mr. Peebles's needle burner and governors alone have made his name a household word. Born at Dundee in 1826, be remained in that town till after his apprenticeship in the works of Messrs. Umpherston and Kerr. He then entered the Great Western Railway Locomotive Works at Swindon, where he was engaged for several rears, afterwards connecting himself with the locomotive works at Amiens. Leaving there, he spent some time in Leeds with Messrs. John Fairbairn and Co., after which he returned to Edinburgh and joined the firm of Messrs. Fullerton and Co., gas meter manufacturers. In 1865 he left that firm and started business on his own account in the Fountainbridge district of the Scottish capital. These works proving too small for his rapidly..."More



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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 census
  2. The Engineer 1899/12/15, p599.