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Richard Laybourne

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Richard Laybourne (1825-1909)


1910 Obituary [1]

RICHARD LAYBOURNE, born on the 29th September, 1825, died at Newport, Mon., on the 25th October, 1909, aged 84.

After gaining experience on railways in this country, he became in 1868 General Manager of the Rhymney Iron Company, and later was also associated in the management of the Isca Foundry and Engineering Works, Newport, besides acting as chairman of other undertakings.

He was a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, and, at one time, High Sheriff for Monmouthshire.

Mr. Laybourne was elected a Member on the 3rd March, 1868.


1909 Obituary [2]

. . . second son of Jacob Laybourne, of Nafferton Lodge, East Yorkshire, and beginning life as an engineer, served his apprenticeship at the Hareshaw Ironworks, Northumberland. In 1847 he was employed at Wilson and Co's railway foundry, Leeds . . . In 1852 he was appointed assistant locomotive engineer to the London and North Western Railway at Wolverton . . . Superintendent for the Monmouthshire Railway Company. . . general manager of the Rhymney Iron Co. . . management of the Isca Foundry and Engineering Co . . . [more]


1909 Obituary [3]

RICHARD LAYBOURNE died on October 25, 1909, at his residence, The Firs, Malpas, Newport, Mon., in his eighty-fifth year. He was apprenticed at the Hareshaw Ironworks, in Northumberland, afterwards being engaged with E. B. Wilson & Co., at the Railway Foundry, Leeds, later serving with the London and North-Western Railway at Wolverton, and then becoming rolling-stock superintendent of the Monmouthshire Railway. After remaining with the last named for fourteen years, he was appointed general manager of the Rhymney Iron Company, and designed and erected Bessemer steelworks and plant capable of producing 1000 tons a week. In 1878 he assumed an active part in the management of the Isca Foundry and Engineering Company at Newport.

He was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and an original member of the Iron and Steel Institute.


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