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George Buchanan (1865-1940)

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George Buchanan (1865-1940), Civil engineer

1865 born at Islington on 20 April, the eldest son of George Buchanan, of Westminster, also a civil engineer, and his wife, Emily, youngest daughter of Thomas Boosey.

1882 As a trainee, worked on civil engineering projects along the Tyne until 1886, first under J. Watt Sandeman and then under P. J. Messent, chief engineer to the Tyne Improvement Commission.

From 1886 he was associated with railway and other works in Venezuela, Nova Scotia, Argentina, Spain, and Jamaica.

1894 Married Elizabeth Isabelle Mead, of Plymouth

1895 became resident engineer for the construction of a graving dock at Blyth, and in the following year he was appointed chief engineer to the Dundee harbour trust.

1901 Became chairman and chief engineer of the Rangoon Port Trust

1915 he went to Basrah as adviser to Sir John Nixon, the commander-in-chief of the Mesopotamian campaign,

1915 Knighted

1917 Promoted to brigadier-general.

Post WWI: Buchanan entered into partnership with C. S. Meik in C. S. Meik and Buchanan and was appointed consulting engineer for the Back Bay reclamation scheme at Bombay; unfortunately his estimates proved faulty and his plans miscarried.

1922 Reported on the transport problems of South Africa.

1925 he undertook a similar mission in Australia

1927 Joined the board of B. and L. Powdered Fuels Ltd[1]

1930 Married Joan Haggard

1940 Died at his home in Ditchingham, Norfolk, on 14 April.

1940 Obituary [2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Nov 14, 1927
  2. The Engineer 1940 Jan-Jun: Index
  • Biography, ODNB