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Alexander Easton Gibb

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Alexander Easton Gibb known more commonly as Easton Gibb (1841-1916) was named 'Alexander' after his father Alexander Gibb and 'Easton' after his grandmother's family name - his mother being Katherine Easton daughter of Alexander Easton.

To avoid confusion in the household he resigned the use of his first name, and was known at home and in business throughout his life as Easton Gibb.[1]

1872 Birth of his son Alexander Gibb who followed his ancestors making a name for himself in civil engineering.

1917 Obituary [2]

ALEXANDER EASTON GIBB, born in 1841, died 10th October, 1916, at Twickenham.

His father, Alexander Gibb, M.Inst.C.E., was a pupil of Thomas Telford, and his grandfather, John Gibb, M.Inst.C.E., was placed in charge of the Aberdeen Harbour Works by Telford in 1809.

After being trained in railway constructional engineering he was appointed Resident Engineer on the Strathspey Branch of the Great North of Scotland Railway.

He then carried out as contractor a succession of heavy constructional works, including the Aberdeen Waterworks; the Rhymney Railway, Cardiff; the Callander and Oban Railway; Dundee Waterworks; the Cannock Chase (London and North-Western) Railway; the Leyburn and Hawes Branch, North-Eastern Railway; Bradford Waterworks; King Edward VII Bridge, Kew; the North-Eastern Railway main line leading to the new High Level Bridge, Newcastle-on-Tyne; Docks at Newport, Ipswich; and the new Naval Base at Rosyth.

He was elected an Associate Member 6th February, 1866.

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Sources of Information

  1. Alexander Gibb The Story of an Engineer by Godfrey Harrison.
  2. 1917 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries