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Finlay Finlayson

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Finlay Finlayson (1852-1912)


1912 Obituary [1]

FINLAY FINLAYSON was born at Dunbar, East Lothian, on 10th April 1852.

He was educated in the same town, and at the age of eighteen he went to the west of Scotland to commence an apprenticeship with Messrs. Miller and Anderson, Atlas Works, Coatbridge.

On its completion in 1874 be remained with the firm, being appointed shop foreman, a position he held until he received an appointment in 1881 as chief of the erecting department in the works of Messrs. Easton and Anderson, Erith.

Later in the same year he went to the Mossbay Iron and Steel Works, Workington, to take up the position of works engineer.

Two years later he was selected by the Glengarnock Iron and Steel Co., to superintend and lay out the new steel works which they were erecting at that time. On the completion of this undertaking, he returned to his old firm in Coatbridge — now known as Miller and Co., Vulcan Foundry — to be general manager.

After being with them for ten years, he was appointed by Messrs. Stewarts and Menzies to take charge of the remodelling of their Clydesdale Steel Works, where he remained for five years.

In 1902 he commenced business on his own account as a consulting engineer in the Iron Works District, and carried out some important new works, including Cairnhill Iron Works, Coatbridge, and a large engineering shop and Siemens furnace for Messrs. R. B. Tennent, Ltd., of Coatbridge.

His death took place, after a long illness, on 12th October 1912, at the age of sixty.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1891; he was also a Member of the Iron and Steel Institute and the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland.


1912 Obituary [2]

FINLAY FINLAYSON died on October 12, 1912, at his residence in Airdrie, after a long illness. He was born in 1852 at Dunbar, East Lothian, where he was educated and remained until the age of eighteen, when he left to go to the West of Scotland, where he was apprenticed with the engineering firm of Miller & Anderson, Atlas Works, Coatbridge. On completion of his apprenticeship he was appointed shop foreman, a position which be held until he left to become chief of the erecting department in the works of Easton and Anderson, Erith, where he remained for two years. He then went to Moss Bay Iron and Steel Works, Cumberland, as works engineer.

From there he was selected by the Glengarnock Iron & Steel Co. to superintend and lay out the new steelworks which they were erecting at that time. On the completion of this appointment he returned to his old firm in Coatbridge — now known as Miller and Co., Vulcan Foundry, Coatbridge — to be general manager. After being there for ten years, he was appointed by the firm of Stewarts and Menzies to take charge of the remodelling of their Clydesdale Steelworks, where he remained for five years. Ten years ago he commenced business as a consulting engineer in the ironworks district, and during that time he carried through some important new works, including Cairnhill Ironworks, Coatbridge, and a large new engineering shop and Siemens furnace for R. B. Tennant, Ltd., Coatbridge.

He was a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, and was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1885.


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