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John Mackenzie

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John Mackenzie (1827-1891)

1891 Obituary [1]

JOHN MACKENZIE was born at Cupar, Fife, on the 2nd of January, 1827, and was educated at the High School and School of Art, Edinburgh.

In 1843 he was apprenticed to the late James Stirling, at Gourlay, Mudie and Co’s Dundee Foundry.

At the expiration of his articles he remained as an Assistant until 1851, when he went to London and was engaged as a Draughtsman in the office of the late Robert Davison.

Four years after, when the latter accepted the post of Engineer to the Dowlais Ironworks, Mr. Mackenzie accompanied him and, amongst other duties, took charge of the practica1 utilization of the slag. He did not remain long at Dowlais, however, but went as Chief Engineering Draughtsman to Gourlay Brothers, of Dundee, with whom he was principally occupied in designing and superintending the erection of machinery for sea-going steamers.

In 1856 Mr. Mackenzie returned to London and re-entered the office of Mr. Davison, with whom he remained for twenty years as Chief Assistant and Managing Draughtsman. In 1876 he became a partner in the firm which of late years has been known as Inskipp and Mackenzie. . . . [more]

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