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William Penman

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William Penman (1855-1899)

1900 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM PENMAN, who died in Edinburgh on the 20th August, 1899, aged 44, was the only son of Mr. John Penman, farmer, of Bonally, near Edinburgh.

He was born on the 29th November, 1855, and was educated at the High School of Edinburgh.

After serving a pupilage with Messrs. Carfrae and Belfrage, engineers and land surveyors, he proceeded to New Zealand, where he was engaged for three or four years on general survey work.

Returning to Edinburgh in 1880 he started business on his own account as an Engineer and Land Surveyor, and obtained a fair practice, especially in survey work.

In 1885 he published a book entitled "Land Surveying on the Meridian and Perpendicular System", which met with considerable success, and two years later he became associated, as junior partner, with Mr. William Allan Carter, of Edinburgh.

For ten years he took an energetic part in the business of the firm of Carter and Penman, but about 1897 his health began to fail and he had to retire from active work.

Mr. Penman was possessed of considerable accomplishments, and from his genial and kindly disposition was much liked by all who came in contact with him.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 12th January, 1886.

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