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Jacob Higson

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Jacob Higson (1837-1920) of J. and P. Higson

Mining Engineer, Crown Buildings, 18 Booth Street, Manchester.

1911 Living at Rossland, Watford Road, Northwood, Middlesex: Jacob Higson (age 74 born Clifton, Lancashire), Mining and Civil Engineer - Employer. With his wife Mary Higson (age 49 born Rawcliffe, Lancashire). Married for 17 years and no children. Also two visitors; George Bargate (age 32 born Dalton In Furness), Mining Engineer - Employer - Single; Rosa Isaac (age 46 born Rawcliffe, Lancashire), Married (19 years). Two servants.[1]


1921 Obituary [2]

JACOB HIGSON was born at Clifton, Lancs., on 29th March 1837, and was educated at the Owens College.

After seeing service in the Crimean War, he returned to Manchester, and founded the firm of J. and P. Higson, mining engineers, of which he was the senior partner.

He assisted in laying the first electric cable between the British Isles and America in 1858, but his work lay principally with mining. He was prominently connected with the Lancashire coalfield and with the collieries of South Wales, and was a director of many mining companies with interests in Spain, Portugal, North and South America, and South Africa.

His death took place at Northwood, Middlesex, on 18th November 1920, in his eighty-fourth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1879; he was also a Member of the Institutions of Civil Engineers and Mining Engineers.



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