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Robert Davison (1848-1913)

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Robert Davison (1848-1913)

1913 Obituary [1]

ROBERT DAVISON was born in Glasgow on 3rd June 1848.

He was educated in his native city, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Neilson and Co., locomotive builders (late Messrs. Neilson, Reid and Co., and subsequently part of the North British Locomotive Co.).

On the completion of his apprenticeship in 1869 he joined the Yorkshire Engine Co. as foreman of the Fitting Department.

Ten years later he became foreman of the Machine Shop at the Cowlairs Works of the North British Railway Co., under the late Mr. Dugald Drummond.

Remaining there until 1882, he joined the Caledonian Railway Co. as superintendent of the Machine and Fitting Departments at their St. Rollox Works. While he was there the works were entirely rebuilt, and the machine shop re-arranged to facilitate rapid production, and many improvements in detail were inaugurated as a result of his wide experience.

He retained this position until his death, which took place in Glasgow on 22nd September 1913, at the age of sixty-five.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1884; and he was a Member of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Foremen Engineers Society, of which be was President in 1901-2.

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