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Edwin Muir

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Edwin Muir (1842-1908)


1908 Obituary [1]

EDWIN MUIR, born at Manchester on the 4th December, 1842, was the fifth and youngest son of the late Mr. William Muir, of Messrs. Wm. Muir and Company, Britannia Works, Strangeways, Manchester.

He was educated at private schools at Blackpool, Chester, and Stockbridge, Hants, and subsequently attended lectures at Edinburgh University.

After serving in his father’s engineering, works, he was articled for 3 years to the late Colonel John I. Mawson, of Manchester, during which time he gained considerable experience of water-supply works and railway and bridge construction.

On completing his articles, he obtained employment under Mr. James Simpson, Past-President, as Assistant Resident Engineer on the construction of the Aberdeen Waterworks; and was afterwards engaged in carrying out extensive engineering works for the Commissioners of Police of Aberdeen in connection with sewerage works.

In 1868 he was appointed Engineer to the Rochdale Canal Company, and in 1874 was appointed by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, Engineer to the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, under the late Mr. Sturgess Meek and the late Mr. Wm. Hunt, their Chief Engineers. During his tenure of the latter appointment, this waterway was practically reconstructed under his supervision, from plans and designs furnished by him. At the same time he enjoyed an extensive and varied practice in Manchester as a Consulting Engineer for many years.

He retired from active engineering practice about 1896, but afterwards engaged in architectural work.

In 1867 he married Wilhelmina, daughter of the late Rev. William Smith, Chapel-of-Garioch.

He died on the 19th January, 1908.

Mr. Muir was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 4th April, 1871, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 27th November, 1877.


1908 Obituary [2]

. . . the fifth and youngest of the late William Muir of William Muir and Co . . . assistant resident engineer on the Aberdeen Waterworks . . in 1868 . . engineer to the Rochdale Canal Co . . [more]


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