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Grant Samuel Dalrymple

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Grant Samuel Dalrymple (1816-1851)

1852 Obituary [1]

Mr. Grant Samuel Dalrymple the son of Lieut.-Colonel Kirkby Dalrymple, of Murran, East Lothian, was born in India, in the year 1816.

His education was completed at the College of St. Andrews, whence he entered the Dundee Foundry, to learn the practical part of the profession, for which he was destined.

He then served a period of pupillage under the Messrs. Stevenson at Edinbro', and by them was employed on several coast surveys, for Lighthouse purposes. During this period he attended assiduously the Classes of Dr. D. B. Reid, and laid the foundation of the taste for those studies, which he eventually pursued with such avidity. He then visited France, for the purpose of examining the Civil Engineering works of that country, and on his return drew up a Report, with sketches, of the state of the Charbourg Breakwater.

He then entered the offices of Walker and Burges, under whom he was engaged in the works for Hunstanton Lighthouse, and on the construction of the Cofferdam and River Terrace Wall of the New Houses of Parliament, a description of which he gave to the Institution in the Session of 1840.

In the year 1842 he received an appointment from the Admiralty, and was engaged at Malta and Gibraltar, under Mr. W. Scamp (M.Inst.C.E.), in the construction of marine and other works, for the Government, until 1847, when, in consequence of a severe attack of fever, he returned to London, where, after the partial recovery of his health, he practised as a Civil Engineer, and was engaged in surveys in the Fens of Essex and Lincolnshire, prosecuting, at the same time, his chemical studies with great assiduity, up to the period of his unfortunate decease, which occurred suddenly, on the 17th of April 1851, in his thirty-fifth year.

Mr. Dalrymple joined the Institution, as a Member, in 1848, was very constant in his attendance at the Meetings, and was always ready to contribute, in every way, to the welfare of the Institution, to which he made numerous presents of useful books, even up to within a day preceding his death. He was a fine high-spirited young man, who endeared himself, by his kind and frank disposition, to all with whom he was connected, and had he been spared, would probably have attained a good position in the profession.

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