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Brassey and Ogilvie

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of 4 Great George St, Westminster

1830s: After his move to Cheshire, Alexander Ogilvie met Thomas Brassey, with whom he was ever afterwards associated. Soon after they met they formed a partnership which lasted for the rest of their lives. This happened when both were invited to tender for a large contract but Mr. Brassey said to Mr. Ogilvie 'It’s no use making two bites of a cherry; let’s go in together, or one of us retire.'

Managing Agents for the Moretonhampstead and South Devon Railway, a branch 12.4 miles long, from the Newton Abbot station of the South Devon line.

Every one of the numerous contracts they jointly undertook was financially successful.


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Sources of Information

  • Obituary of Alexander Ogilvie (q.v.)