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William Glennie

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William Glennie (c1758-1856)

c.1798 Born in Camberwell, Surrey[1]

1833 Married at Bitton, Glos., to Elizabeth Catherine Barker

Engineer for the Box Tunnel built 1836-41

1841 Living at Cottage, Box: Wm Glennie (age c40), Lieut RN, civil engineer. With Elizabeth Catherine Glennie (age c30) and four children; Walter Henry Glennie (age c6); Harriett Mary Glennie (age c5); William Glennie (age c3); and Catherine Sophia Glennie (age 1).[2]

c.1845 Resident-Engineer for the South Devon Railway.

1849 Re Saltash Bridge. W. Glennie, Esq., Resident Engineer of the Cornwall Railway. 'Mr. Glennie is well known in the west of England as having been employed under Mr. Brunel, upon the Box tunnel, and other works of magnitude upon the Great Western Railway, and the manner in which he has conducted the works here cannot but tend still further to increase his reputation.'[3]

1851 Living at 23 Devonshire Terrace, Plymouth: William Glennie (age 53 born Camberwell), Lieut RN half pay. With Catherine E. Glennie (age 45 born Southwark) and seven children; William Glennie (age 13 born Bitton, Glos); Catherine S. Glennie (age 11 born Bitton, Glos); Isabella M. Glennie (age 9 born Sampford Arundel, Som.); Alexander W. Glennie (age 7 born Sampford Arundel, Som.); Mary E. Glennie (age 5 born Dawlish); and Margaret G. Glennie (age 2 born Plymouth). Three servants.[4]

1856 June 20th. Died in Stoke Damerel.[5] 'On the 20th inst., at Stoke, Lieut. William Glennie, R.N., aged 59. The deceased was a gentleman of considerable skill as an engineer, and was for many years engaged in the superintendence of the works upon the South Devon and Cornwall lines of railway, of which Mr. I. K. Brunel was the engineer in chief. ..'[6]

1856 June 26th. Buried at Bitton, Gloucestershire.


1886 His son Alexander William Glennie died in Yokohama.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. 1841 census
  3. Royal Cornwall Gazette - Friday 26 January 1849
  4. 1851 Census
  5. BMD
  6. Royal Cornwall Gazette - Friday 27 June 1856