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James Colquhoun

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James Colquhoun (1833-1893)


1893 Obituary [1]

JAMES COLQUHOUN was born at Tollcross, near Glasgow, on 12th August 1833.

He served his apprenticeship at the Clyde Iron and Steel Works, near Glasgow, and remained with that firm for about fifteen years.

Subsequently he was general manager at the Llynvi and Tondu Iron and Coal Works, until in 1873 he was appointed general manager of the Tredegar Iron Coal and Steel Works, in which position he remained until his retirement in 1892.

On his advice the fine coalfield connected with the Tredegar works was developed, and the blast-furnaces were remodelled.

In 1882 he introduced Bessemer and rail-milling plant into the works, thus placing them on the footing of modern requirements.

He was a county magistrate for Monmouthshire, and a past-president of the Coalowners' Association and of the Sliding-scale Committee, and frequently acted as arbitrator in settlement of trade disputes.

His death took place at his residence at Weston-super-Mare, from paralysis followed by haemorrhage on the brain, on 20th November 1893, at the age of sixty.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884; and was also a past-president of the South Wales Institute of Engineers.


1894 Obituary [2]

JAMES COLQUHOUN died on November 20, 1893, at the age of sixty, at Weston-super-Mare. He was born at Tollcross, near Glasgow, on August 12, 1833, and served his apprenticeship with the Clyde Iron and Steel Works.

In 1873 he was appointed manager of the collieries and blast-furnaces of the Tredegar Iron and Coal Company, a position he retained until his retirement in October 1892. Under his management the coalfield connected with the Tredegar Works was developed, the blast-furnaces were remodelled, the output of iron increased, and Bessemer and. rolling-mill plant introduced. Mr. Colquhoun took an active interest in local affairs. He was a county magistrate for Monmouthshire ; and chairman of the School Board at Bedwellty, and of the Local Board at Tredegar ; he was a past-president of the South Wales Coalowners' Association and of the South Wales Institute of Engineers. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1870.


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