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Sir Alexander M. Rendel and Son

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1856 Alexander Rendel succeeded his father in the business that had been known as Rendel and Beardmore. As the business could support only one son, the younger ones, George, Stuart, and Hamilton all joined Armstrongs in Newcastle under the patronage of William Armstrong who treated them like his adopted sons. Alexander, sponsored by Robert Stephenson, continued as consulting engineer to the East Indian Railway.

1883 George Robertson retired from the business

1894 Alexander Meadows Rendel took his second son into partnership

1898 Rendel's son, William. died. He was succeeded by his youngest brother, the firm becoming Sir Alexander M. Rendel and Son, and after two years this son joined his uncle George Wightwick Rendel at Armstrong's Pozzuoli works in Italy.

1898 A partnership was also formed of Sir Alexander Rendel and Frederick Ewart Robertson as Rendel and Robertson.

1900 Frederick Ewart Robertson, formerly chief engineer with the East Indian Railway, entered the partnership and the name of the firm changed to Sir Alexander M. Rendel & Co.

1902 Cyril Hitchcock was appointed to the inspecting staff of Sir Alexander Rendel and Company, at Glasgow.

1912 Robertson died and was replaced by Seymour Briscoe Tritton (1860–1937), a mechanical engineer who had been a key figure in the firm for many years. However, doubts existed in Alexander Rendel's mind as to whether a mechanical engineer would be acceptable to the East Indian Railway as his successor. So in 1913 Frederick Palmer (1862–1934), chief engineer to the Port of London Authority, joined the partnership. The name of the firm was changed to Rendel, Palmer, and Tritton[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Biography of Alexander Meadows Rendel, ODNB