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James Abernethy (1844-1897)
1897 Obituary 
JAMES ABERNETHY, born on the 17th May, 1844, was the eldest son of James Abernethy, Past-President.
After being educated at Bruce Castle School, Tottenham, he was articled to his father in 1860, and subsequently served a pupilage at the Elswick Works of Sir W. G. Armstrong and Company (now Messrs. Armstrong, Whitworth and Company).
On the expiration of his pupilage he was employed by that firm for a year on the Birkenhead Docks.
He then entered his father’s office, and from 1868 to 1875 acted as Resident Engineer on a division of the works of the Alexandra Docks and Railway at Newport, Mon.
During the last twenty years he was in his father’s office and acted as a general assistant in designing and inspecting works ; but his somewhat indifferent health prevented him from taking a really active part in the business. He died at Margate on the 30th May, 1897. Mr. Abernethy was elected an Associate on the 7th December, 1869, was subsequently placed among the Associate Members, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 25th March, 1879.