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James Clark Bunten

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James Clark Bunten (1838-1901) of the Anderston Foundry Co and the Caledonian Railway


1901 Obituary [1]

JAMES CLARK BUNTEN, born in 1838, was the son of Mr. Robert Bunten, merchant, of Glasgow.

He served an apprenticeship at the Anderston Foundry, Glasgow, of which he ultimately became Manager. In that capacity he had large experience, visiting many foreign countries to make arrangements for the erection of the machinery manufactured by the firm, and by his unwearying energy and perseverance he was largely instrumental in raising it to a very high position. The works at Anderston were greatly extended under his management, and on his inception a large foundry and machine-shops were established at Middlesbrough.

In 1867 Mr. Bunten became a partner in the firm, his conduct of which was always distinguished by marked ability and success. On the subject of the permanent way of railways, in which the Anderston Foundry Company has for many years been largely interested, Mr. Bunten was a high authority, and in May, 1881, he was appointed a Director of the Caledonian Railway Company. From that time he took an active part in the management of the affairs of the Company, and in the spring of 1897 he was unanimously appointed Chairman, in succession to Mr. J. C. Bolton, who had resigned.

To the discharge of his duties he devoted a large amount of time and energy, and during his tenure of office the Company has continued to enjoy marked prosperity. He was also an Extraordinary Director of the Bank of Scotland, and a Member of the Scottish Board of the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company, the successful development of which was materially aided by the keen interest he took in its affairs.

Mr. Bunten died at Richmond, Surrey, on the 9th July, 1901, aged 63.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 4th May, 1869.


1901 Obituary [2]

JAMES CLARK BUNTEN died at Richmond, Surrey, on July 9, 1901, aged sixty-three years. He was born in 1838, and was the son of Mr. Robert Bunten, merchant, of Glasgow.

He served an apprenticeship at the Anderston Foundry, Glasgow, of which he ultimately became manager. In that capacity he had large experience, visiting many foreign countries to make arrangements for the erection of the machinery manufactured by the firm, and by his unwearying energy and perseverance he was largely instrumental in raising it to a very high position. The works at Anderston were greatly extended under his management, and on his inception a large foundry and machine shops were established at Middlesbrough.

In 1867 he became a partner in the firm, his conduct of which was always distinguished by marked ability and success. On the subject of permanent way of railways, in which the Anderston Foundry Company has for many years been largely interested, he was a high authority, and in May 1881 he was appointed a director of the Caledonian Railway Company. From that time he took an active part in the management of the affairs of the Company, and in the spring of 1897 he was unanimously appointed chairman in succession to Mr. J. C. Bolton, who had resigned. To the discharge of his duties he devoted a large amount of time and energy, and during his tenure of office the Company continued to enjoy marked prosperity. He was also an extraordinary director of the Bank of Scotland, and a member of the Scottish Board of the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company, the successful development of which was materially aided by the keen interest he took in its affairs. He was an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1882.


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