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James Turriff Sinclair McDonald

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James Turriff Sinclair McDonald ( -1931)


1931 Obituary [1]

JAMES TURRIFF SINCLAIR MCDONALD left Glasgow, where he was born in 1858, for Bristol when quite young.

He was apprenticed in 1873 at the Avonside Engineering Works, and then returned to Glasgow in 1879 to become a draughtsman with Messrs. John Elder and Company.

In the following year he went to Belfast as draughtsman with Messrs. Harland and Wolff, and in 1882 he joined Messrs. Laird Brothers of Birkenhead in the same capacity.

In 1885 he was appointed chief draughtsman for the Bristol Wagon and Carriage Works Company, and ten years later he became works manager for the firm. During his long connexion with the firm he took out a number of patents connected with municipal vehicles, and did much valuable work in the provision of special Government vehicles during the Boer War and the recent European War.

In recent years Mr. McDonald took up consulting engineering practice in Bristol, and was so engaged when the Bristol Wagon and Carriage Works Company were taken over by Messrs. Cammell, Laird in 1923.

In the following year he went to Birmingham to join the Midland Railway Carriage and Wagon Company, with whom he remained until his retirement in 1929.

Mr. McDonald had been a Member of the Institution since 1903 and he was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Naval Architects.

His death occurred on 3rd January 1930.


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