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Robert Douglas Munro

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Robert Douglas Munro (1849-1939)

1896 Chief Engineer, Scottish Boiler Insurance and Engine Inspection Co, 13 Dundas Street, Glasgow.

1940 Obituary [1]

ROBERT DOUGLAS MUNRO, who was born in 1849, served his apprenticeship in the works of Messrs. Dick and Stevenson, engineers and ironfounders, Airdrie, from 1864 to 1870. He then underwent a course of practical training in locomotive and general engineering, and became chargeman in the repairing department and in the engine erecting shops at the Cowlairs works of the North British Railway; subsequently he held a similar post at the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal, Newport. On this company being taken over by the Great Western Railway, in 1875, Mr. Munro was appointed foreman at the Llanelly Docks and Locomotive Station.

He returned to Scotland in 1876, and was employed as general foreman of the Airdrie Engine Works for four years, after which he was appointed chief engineer to the Scottish Boiler Insurance and Engine Inspection Company, a position which he held for 25 years. He was subsequently consultant to a number of companies, including the Dunlop Rubber Company, and was largely responsible for the layout and erection of the plant at the Fort Dunlop Works.

Mr. Munro had been a Member of the Institution for nearly 50 years, having been elected in 1890. He was also the author of a treatise on boilers, published in 1887. He died in Glasgow on 20th February 1939.

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  1. 1940 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries