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Robert Hannay

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Robert Hannay (1807-1874) of Schneider, Hannay and Co

1851 Robert Hannay 44, Proprietor of land & commission merchant (manufacturing) chiefly pig iron, living in Govan, with his wife, Bridget Hannay 42, his children: Robert Hannay 14, Bridget Hannay 11, Thomas Hannay 9, John Hannay 7, George Hannay 2, Sarah Hannay 7 Mo, and his brother George Kerr Hannay 42[1]

1875 Obituary [2]

MR. ROBERT HANNAY, D.L. and J.P., the elder son of the late Mr. Robert Hannay, of Rusko, D.L. and J.P., was born at Rusko, in he stewartry of Kirkcudbright, on the 3rd of February, 1807.

His education was commenced at Borgue, and continued at a private school at Bromley, in Kent, on leaving which he began his business career by entering the office of his uncle, the senior partner of the late firms of Niven, Kerr, Black, and Co., and of Herr, Black, and Fisher, Turkey merchants.

On the death of his father, in 1836, he returned to Rusko, where he resided for ten years, free from business connection, and devoting much of his time to county affairs.

About the year 1846 Mr. Hannay became connected with the iron trade, and on the 1st of January, 1853, he entered into partnership with Mr. H. W. Schneider, Assoc. Inst. C.E.

Shortly afterwards the Park mines were developed, and in the year 1858 preparations were made for erecting furnaces at Barrow, the establishment thus founded ultimately becoming one of the largest of the kind in the kingdom. The partnership with Mr. Schneider continued until January 1866, when the mines and goodwill of the business were transferred to the Barrow Haematite Steel Company (Limited).

Subsequently Mr. Hannay became associated with the Blochairn Ironworks in Glasgow, an unfortunate connection in which he ultimately lost the whole of a large fortune accumulated in the course of a life of industry and commercial enterprise.

At the general election of 1868 Mr. Hannay stood for the representation of his native county of Kirkcudbright in the Liberal interest, but was defeated by a small majority.

He died on the 30th of September, 1874, from chronic congestion of the right lung.

Mr. Hannay was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 3rd of May, 1864.

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