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Robert Andrew Robertson

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Robert Andrew Robertson (1843-1900)

1900 Obituary [1]

ROBERT ANDREW ROBERTSON was born in Islington on the 23rd April, 1843.

After serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. James Simpson & Co., of Pimlico, he went in 1864 to Lichfield, where, as Assistant to the late Mr. David Thomson, he carried out some extensive tunnelling operations for the South Staffordshire Waterworks.

From 1866 to 1872 he was Manager, for Mr. James Duncan, of the Clyde Wharf Sugar Refinery, where he laid the foundation of the extensive and intimate knowledge of the handling of sugar for which he was well known in later years.

In 1872 he went to Glasgow, and ultimately became a partner in the firm of Mirrlees Watson & Co., a name known in all sugar producing countries, most of which Mr. Robertson visited in the course of business.

His private correspondence was extensive and his advice much sought, but his great modesty of character prevented him from seeking the public recognition which his capacities and labour might have obtained.

He died suddenly of apoplexy on the 2nd June, 1900, while on a voyage to the Argentine Republic, and was buried in the English cemetery at Corunna.

Mr. Robertson was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 2nd March, 1869, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 14th May, 1878.

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