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James Macgregor

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James Macgregor (1877-1929) of Thompson, Macgregor and Co

1929 Obituary [1]

Lieut.-Colonel JAMES MACGREGOR, C.M.G., served an apprenticeship of five years in the locomotive works of Messrs. Neilson Reid and Company at Glasgow, and spent a further two years in their drawing office, meanwhile continuing his engineering education at the Royal Technical College.

He went to sea and in 1908 gained the extra first-class Board of Trade engineer's certificate.

Later he was appointed an assistant engineer and ship surveyor to Messrs. Roscoe and Little, consulting engineers and naval architects at Liverpool, and in 1911 he became a partner in the firm of Messrs. Thompson, Macgregor and Company, consulting engineers and naval architects, of Liverpool.

He held a commission in the Royal Engineers (Inland Water Transport) during the War, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel and placed in charge of the shipbuilding and marine engineering section at the War Office.

In 1918 he was appointed controller of shipbuilding and repairing, Indian Munitions Board, and adviser on shipbuilding and marine engineering to the Government of India, which positions he retained until 1919. For his services he was awarded the Companionship of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.

He was born in Glasgow in 1877 and died suddenly on 6th December 1929.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1919 and he was also a Member of the Institution of Naval Architects.

1929 Obituary [2]

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