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John Cowan (1845-1929)

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Sir John Cowan (1845-1929), chairman and managing director of Redpath, Brown and Co

1845 Born in Jamaica. Nephew of James Marshall

1860 Joined Redpath, Brown as an apprentice

1877 Birth of son Andrew Wallace Cowan

By 1880 was the sole partner in the business

1896 When the company was incorporated, John Cowan was the first chairman.

1915 Knighted[1]

1929 Died in Edinburgh

1929 Obituary [2]

Sir JOHN COWAN died in Edinburgh on February 7, 1929, aged eighty-four.

Sir John was apprenticed to Messrs. Redpath, Brown & Co., Ltd., at the age of sixteen, and at the time of his death he was the head of the concern; in addition to his connection with that engineering firm - he celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of the association in 1920 - he was chairman of Messrs. Bruce, Peebles & Co., Ltd., and a director of Messrs. Bolckow, Vaughan & Co., Ltd., and the National Steel Foundry (1914), Ltd.

He was knighted in 1915.

He was a Life Member of the Iron and Steel Institute, which he joined in 1894.

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