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James Robertson (c1821-1899)
Presumably the same as James Robertson (of Ardrossan)
"...death of Mr. James Robertson, which took place at his residence, Holleth, Westcliffe-road, Birkdale, on Sunday, the 3rd inst. Deceased, who was seventy-eight years of age, was one of the most prolific inventors of the day. He was born at Farnell, in Forfarshire, and received his training at Randolph, Elder, and Company works, Glasgow. He subsequently became a partner in the firm of the Patent Friction Gearing Company, Glasgow, and after forty years' residence in Scotland, crossed the border, and became associated with many important engineering firms in Birmingham, St. Helens, and Manchester.
He was also at one time manager of the Camlachie Foundry, Glasgow. Mainly owing to his inventive faculties, many important improvements were effected in hydraulic machinery for the manufacture of tubes of all metals, and there are few concerns in the country which do not now avail themselves of Mr. Robertson's inventions. One of his last ventures was to establish the St Helens Tube and Metal Company, which was subsequently disposed of to a Birmingham company known as Tubes, Limited. Mr. Robertson has lived quietly at Birkdale for the last two years, and his death, which was due to apoplexy, was somewhat unexpected."