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Robert Harry Inglis Synnot (1837-1872)
1873 Obituary 
MR. ROBERT HARRY INGLIS SYNNOT was born at Clapham in 1837, and was educated at Harrow, and at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. in 1860. In the same year, having a natural taste for engineering pursuits, he articled himself to Mr. Shelley, Assoc. Inst. C.E.
After the termination of his pupilage, in November, 1863, he continued for a short time to assist Mr. Thos. Ormiston, M. Inst. C.E., Resident Engineer on behalf of Messrs. Lee and Sons, the contractors for the Plymouth Breakwater, with whom the latter part of his time had been spent.
He subsequently became Resident Engineer on the Wrexham, Mold, and Connah's Quay railway, and, under Mr. T. C. Watson, M. Inst.C.E., assisted Messrs. Lee and Sons in carrying out the Amsterdam Sea Canal works.
At the commencement of the year 1872 the desire for more constant employment than the profession at that time afforded led him to embark in the timber trade; but he had scarcely done so when he was seized with an attack of rheumatic fever, which in less than three weeks proved fatal.
He died in London, on the 12th of April, 1872, having been an Associate of the Institution since February the 2nd, 1864.