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William Coupar Rennie

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William Cooper Rennie (1843-1891)

1891 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM COUPAR RENNIE was born at Kinross on the 3rd of December, 1843, and was educated at Dollar Institution, N.B.

In 1862 and 1863, when serving with Bell and Miller, of Glasgow, he attended the classes of the late Professor Rankine at Glasgow University, in which he gained some distinction.

In 1863 he passed the necessary examination in London for an appointment in the Indian Public Works Department, and on the 24th of June of that year was appointed a Probationary Assistant Engineer.

On arrival in India he was posted to the Berar Division, in the province of Hyderabad, Deccan, where he remained till the 23rd of February, 1865, when he resigned the Government service.

For the next two years he was employed by Messrs. Lee, Watson and Ayton, contractors, as one of their agents on the construction of the Nagpur branch of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway.

In April, 1867, Mr. Rennie was re-appointed to the Public Works Department of the Government of India, and was again posted to Berar. . . . [more]

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