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Robert Armstrong (c.1795-1868)

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c.1795 Born in Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham[1][2]

Well-known in Manchester as a skilful boiler engineer.

He did much, under the patronage of Mr. Fairbairn, to introduce smoke consuming furnaces.

1844 Designed a boiler for a 60hp Boulton and Watt engine at the Hope Mills of George Clarke and Co; the boiler was built by Mr Fairbairn.

Published "Essay on the Boilers of Steam Engines".

1850 Author of "Rudimentary Treatise on Steam Boilers," published in John Weale's series of practical texts (subsequently published by Virtue's). This was published after Armstrong left Manchester [3] and became a consulting civil engineer; of Old Broad St, London.

1851 Civil engineer and author, living in All Hallows, London Wall, with Maria Armstrong 34 and Joseph Effie Scott Armstrong 2[4]

1861 Civil engineer and author, living in East Ham, age 65 with his wife Maria Armstrong 43, Josephus H S Armstrong 11, Elizabeth A E S Armstrong[5]

1868 Died near Stockton. Mr. Robert Armstrong died in penury, leaving a widow and three children; his wife died shortly afterwards. Her children had been left without funds to bury their mother. The Institution encouraged members to contribute to a fund; Mr. W. Langdon, of James Watt and Company, 18, London Street, City, took charge of subscriptions, and would expend them to the best advantage.


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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1861 census
  3. A Rudimentary Treatise on Steam Boilers: Their Construction and Practical Management, By Robert Armstrong [1]
  4. 1851 census
  5. 1861 census
  • The Engineer 1868/07/03 and 1868/07/31