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David Home Morton

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David Home Morton (1849-1924)

1924 Obituary[1]

"The Late Mr. David Home Morton. The death occurred, on Thursday, February 28, at Watford, of Mr. David Home Morton, who carried out the mechanical engineering work in connection with the Glasgow Subway and the Glasgow Main Drainage Scheme.

He was born in 1849, and served his apprenticeship in the millwright shop of Mr. John Wilson, of Carluke, and after a period as a draughtsman, with Messrs. A. & W. Smith and Co and Messrs. Andrew Barclay and Son, he went to Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co as leading draughtsman. Management experience followed in the works of Messrs. Dick and Stevenson, of Airdrie, and at the Hammersmith Ironworks, after which Mr. Home Morton became chief engineer to Messrs. Tangyes, of Birmingham, and completely re-designed their works.

After he returned to Scotland, he was responsible for the introduction of the cable system of locomotion in the Glasgow Subway for Messrs. Simpson and Wilson, of Glasgow. Mr. Home Morton was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and received the Telford Premium for a paper on “Glasgow Main Drainage: Mechanical Equipment of the Western Works and of the Kinning Park Pumping Station,” in which he described the mechanical engineering work for which he was responsible."

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