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Alexander Neil (1840-1919)

1919 Obituary [1]

ALEXANDER NEIL was born at Govan, near Glasgow, on 15th January 1840.

He served an apprenticeship with Messrs. Smith and Rodgers, shipbuilders, Govan, and was one of the original foremen of John Elder and Co., now the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., Ltd.

In 1871 he became shipbuilding manager to Messrs. Cunliffe and Dunlop, of Port Glasgow, leaving ten years later to join the firm of Messrs. W. and A. C. Russell and Co., ironfounders, Pendleton, Manchester.

In 1892 his firm amalgamated with Messrs. Thomas Fletcher and Co., of Warrington, when he became vice-chairman, and later Chairman of the Company. For a time he was also Chairman of the Engineering Section of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

His death took place at Colwyn Bay on 13th June 1919, at the age of seventy-nine.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1902.

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