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John Campbell MacGillivray

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John Campbell MacGillivray (1884-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"JOHN CAMPBELL MACGILLIVRAY was born in 1884 on the Island of Tiree, Argyllshire, Scotland, where he received his early education. In 1897 he went to Kippochhill School, Glasgow, and in 1900 to the Normal College, Glasgow.

In 1900 he won a Haldane Scholarship in the Glasgow School of Arts and Science. From 1901 to 1906 he studied at the Glasgow Technical College. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. P. and W. MacLellan, Ltd., Glasgow, from 1900 to 1902, and with Messrs. A. and W. Smith and Company, Ltd., Glasgow, from 1902 to 1909.

In 1909 he joined the staff of the Mirrlees Watson Company, Ltd., Glasgow, and was soon given the post of assistant chief in the engine department. In 1911 he joined the staff of Messrs. John McNeil and Company, Ltd., Glasgow, as leading draughtsman, and he was subsequently promoted, until in 1921 he represented this company abroad. In this capacity he was consulting engineer for sugar factories, and he was responsible for advising proprietors regarding alterations and additions. In 1929 he was appointed technical manager for Messrs. Fawcett, Preston and Company, Ltd., Bromborough, and subsequently he became the managing director of this company. In the course of his duties he travelled extensively on the Continent, in South America, and in India, and he was associated with patents in connection with revolving cane-cutting knives for sugar cane. He was elected an Associate Member in 1922, and transferred to Membership in 1930. His death occurred on 13th March 1939."

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