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William Scott Blaikie

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William Scott Blaikie (1881-1946) A.M.I.Mech.E.

1939 Yorkshire Manager, Ferodo Ltd., Chapel-en-le-Frith, Via Stockport. Business Address: 25 Hunslet Road, Leeds, 10. Age: 57.

1949 Obituary [1]

"WILLIAM SCOTT BLAIKIE was associated with the firm of Messrs. Ferodo, Ltd., brake lining manufacturers, for thirty years.

He was born in 1881 and after completing his general education at Hulme Grammar School attended classes in engineering at the Manchester Municipal College of Technology for ten years. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Craven Brothers, Ltd., crane makers, of Manchester, from 1898 to 1902, in whose employment he continued as a junior draughtsman for a further four years. After three years as leading draughtsman and outside erector to Messrs. Applebys, Ltd. (now Sir William Arrol and Company, Ltd.), structural engineers, of Glasgow, he was employed for a similar period by Messrs. John Brown and Company, Ltd., shipbuilders, Clydebank, as clerk of the works in the general engineering and boiler departments.

He then began his long connection with Messrs. Ferodo, Ltd., at Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, as engineering manager. During his period of office he was responsible for the design and layout of new works and a power station and also was largely instrumental in developing the general use of Ferodo friction linings. Towards the end of his career he occupied a similar position on behalf of the firm at Leeds, where he retired in 1942. Mr. Blaikie, whose death occurred on 29th November 1946, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1918."

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