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John Horn

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Born c.1824 at Glencaple Quay, Dumfriess-shire

Died 1895 at Liverpool

1881 Census: Living at 135 Chatham Street, Liverpool, consulting marine engineer, with wife Isabella (b. Glasgow), son John (b. Waterford, civil engineer), daughter Isabella (b. Glasgow)

1895 'THE LATE MR. JOHN HORN. We regret to announce the death of Mr. John Horn, a gentleman who was well known and respected in this city for his genial nature and warm, generous principles. Mr. Horn had in former days earned for himself a widespread reputation as an expert in shipbuilding and engineering, and during a long experience in those particular professions produced vessels of a class of vessels which won for him hearty commendation from his employers and the general public. He was born near Dumfries on the 21st of December,1814, and after serving an apprenticeship to those trades in which he afterwards excelled and attained a high state of proficiency, left Glasgow in 1849 for Waterford, where he joined the then eminent firm of Malcomson Brothers as marine superintendent and shipbuilder, having under his control the Neptune Ironworks. From this firm and from business life in 1873 he retired, having during his connection with Malcomson Brothers built nearly 40 vessels a of all dimensions. Twenty-two years ago he arrived in Liverpool, and settled down to a quiet life. Mr. Horn was remarkable for his fine physique and healthy appearance, and his death, which occurred on Wednesday at his residence, Mulgrave-street, will come as a surprise to his numerous friends. After a brief illness he succumbed to an attack of bronchial pneumonia, being at the time of death 81 years of age. He leaves two sons and a daughter. The funeral takes place to-morrow (Saturday) at 3.30pm., at Smithdown-road Cemetery.' [1]


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Sources of Information

  1. Liverpool Mercury, 8 November 1895