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James Innes Hopkins

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James Innes Hopkins (1837-1874)

1860 James Innes Hopkins, Tees Side Iron Works, Middlesbrough.[1]


1875 Obituary [2]

James Innes Hopkins was born in Edinburgh in October 1837, and in 1858 entered the engineering business of Messrs. Snowdon and Hopkins, afterwards Hopkins and Co, at Middlesbrough.

In 1865 this firm united with that of Messrs. Gilkes Wilson and Co, under the joint name of Hopkins Gilkes and Co., and Mr. Hopkins subsequently became the London director of the new company.

In 1873 his health began to fail, and in consequence he went to Pau in 1874; but on returning homewards died at Paris on 22nd May 1874 in the 37th year of his age.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1860.


1875 Obituary [3]

MR. JAMES INNES HOPKINS, the fourth son of Mr. John Castell Hopkins, of Kingston-on-Thames, was born in Edinburgh in October 1837.

After completing his education he entered the business of Messrs. Snowdon and Hopkins, afterwards Hopkins and Co., of Middlesborough. Although, in the twenty years of his active business life, he was more concerned in the commercial part of engineering than the purely mechanical processes, he still wa conversant with most of the details of iron-making and its various branches.

In April 1865, Messrs. Hopkins and Co. and Messrs. Gilkes, Wilson, and Co. united under the joint name of Hopkins, Gilkes, and Co., Limited.

Mr. James Hopkins was an active and energetic member of the new directorate, subsequently representing the company in London, where he was well known and deservedly esteemed as the resident director. His genial disposition, unfailing bon hommie, and ability in matters of business, gave him a place of much esteem in the trade.

In the latter part of 1873 his health began to fail, and early in 1874 he went to Pan for change and rest; but, on his homeward journey, he died at Paris on the 22nd of May, 1874.

Mr. Hopkins was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 1st of February, 1870; he was also a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, of the Cleveland Institution of Engineers, of the Iron and Steel Institute, and of other kindred associations.

He was Captain in the 1st North Riding of Yorkshire Volunteer Artillery, and had served in the Town Council of Middlesborough.


1874 Obituary [4]



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