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Alexander Douglas Barty

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Alexander Douglas Barty (1872-1931)

1931 Obituary [1]

ALEXANDER DOUGLAS BARTY died on 25th February 1931 at Lethendy in Perthshire, whilst on a visit to his old country home, adjoining which was his father's blacksmith's shop where he served his first apprenticeship.

He attended evening classes at Blairgowrie, and subsequently was admitted to an apprenticeship with the Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Company of Dundee.

He afterwards joined Messrs. Johnson and Phillips of Charlton, and while with them patented a machine for welding cycle frames.

Later he commenced business for himself at Prescot, Lancashire, and specialized in aerial ropeways. He took out several patents for small adjustments in aerial ropeways. About this time he also invented a wire-winding or stranding machine.

Mr. Barty was also, during his career, works manager for many firms, including Messrs. Vickers of Erith, the Bremner Torpedo Factory, Messrs. Firth of Sheffield, and the Fiat Motor Cab Company of London.

From 1919 until 1929 he was works manager on plant at the Ordnance Factory, Ishapore, India, from which position he retired on reaching the age limit.

Mr. Barty, who was born in 1872, became an Associate Member of the Institution in 1900 and was transferred to Membership in 1904.

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