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John Stevenson Macintyre

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John Stevenson Macintyre (1839-1905)

1906 Obituary [1]

JOHN STEVENSON MACINTYRE, born on the 13th April, 1839, at Shenton, Notts, was educated privately and athe Andersonian College, Glasgow, and obtained his practical experience as an assistant to Mr. H. H. McClure, of Glasgow, between 1855 and 1860.

In the latter year he joined the staff of the late Mr. Robert Sinclair, Consulting Engineer to the Eastern Counties Railway, and subsequently took an active part in the extension of the lines to the metropolis when the system became the Great Eastern Railway.

After the retirement of Mr. Sinclair, Mr. Macintyre continued in the service of his successor, Mr. Edward Wilson, and on the latter’s death in 1877, he entered into partnership with Mr. Wilson’s nephew and carried on an extensive consulting practice in Westminster until 1883, after which date he practised on his own account until his death.

Between 1878 and 1883 he carried out important harbour-works at Harwich, designed to accommodate the continental traffic of the Great Eastern Railway and comprising the reclamation of a large area of foreshore and the construction of a large quay, with warehouses, sheds, hotel and office-buildings, and extensive railway-sidings.

Whilst in independent practice, Mr. Macintyre was employed by various rating-authorities in connection with several large railway rating cases and assessments, work for which his expert knowledge of the cost of railway-structures and the maintenance and renewal of railway-lines specially qualified him.

He died at Ealing on the 20th November, 1905, aged 66. His wide experience, allied to careful and methodical business habits, rendered him a valuable engineering witness, whilst his integrity of character and unswerving loyalty to clients and colleagues were widely recognized and appreciated in professional circles.

Mr. Macintyre was elected a Member of the Institution on the 3rd December, 1867.

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