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Robert Hood Haggie (1870-1927)

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Major Robert Hood Haggie (c1871-1927)

1922 Major (late R.E.), Assoc.M.Inst.C.E., M.I.Mech.E., Man. Dir., Aitches, Ltd., Gas Mantle Manufacturers; Director, Skerne Works, Ltd., Press Metal Manufacturers; b. 1870; s. of Robert Hood-Haggie, Rope Manufacturer, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Ed. Leys School, Cambridge. Training: Durham College of Sc., Newcastle-upon-Tyne. App. to J. H. Holmes and Co., of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Outside Manager and later Director for 17 years, Ernest Scott and Mountain, Ltd., Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Man. Dir., Jno. Davis and Son (Derby), Ltd.; Pioneer Work with Elec. Power for Coalmining, particularly coal-cutting. Club: Constitutional. Address: Tyneholme, Wealdstone, Middlesex; and St. Margaret's Lodge, Twickenham.

1927 Obituary [1]

Major ROBERT HOOD HAGGIE, who died at Wealdstone on 13th July 1927, was educated at The Leys School, Cambridge, and served his apprenticeship in his native city of Newcastle.

He joined Messrs. Scott and Mountain and installed a number of large engineering plants in Scotland. He was particularly interested in the development of coal-cutting by pneumatic and electrical methods.

He subsequently joined Messrs. John Davis of Derby and was later engaged in the manufacture of gas mantles.

He served in France and Belgium throughout the War and in the latter period was in charge of an R.E. workshop.

His age was 56 years at the time of his death.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1902.

1927 Obituary[2]


We regret to note the death on July 13 last, at his home at Tyneholme, Wealdstone, Middlesex, of Major Robert Hood Haggie, who had practised for many years as an electrical engineer. Major Haggie was born on December 1, 1870, and received his general education at Leys School, Cambridge. In 1887, he entered upon a pupilage of four years at the works of Messrs. John H. Holmes and Company, Newcastle-on-Tyne. He there received a thorough practical training, not only in mechanical engineering, but also in electrical engineering, and towards the end of his apprenticeship, he was engaged in outside installation work, including the erection of plant. In the meantime his scientific education was continued at the Durham College of Science, Newcastle-on-Tyne. In 1891, the young engineer was appointed assistant manager to Messrs. Ernest Scott and Mountain Limited, of Newcastle. A year later he was given the position of superintending engineer of a large electrical installation at New Cray House, Edinburgh, and was responsible for the erection of the complete plant.

In 1901, he became managing engineer for the whole of Messrs. Scott and Mountain’s work in Scotland, and was engaged upon the arrangement and erection of some of the largest electrical plant installed up till : that time in collieries and steelworks. He also gained considerable experience in the application of electricity i to colliery haulage, pumping, ventilating and coal . cutting, Messrs. Scott and Mountain specialising in these < classes of colliery machinery. Subsequently, Major « Haggie joined the staff of Messrs. John Davis and Son (Derby) Limited, as managing engineer and, while with this firm, he devoted himself principally to electrical and compressed-air coal-cutting machinery. In 1906 he settled in Wealdstone, Middlesex as an electrical and mechanical engineer and continued to live there until the time of his death. During the European War he joined the Royal Engineers, and was gazetted captain on October 2, 1915 ; subsequently he was promoted to the rank of major. He was elected a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1902, and of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1903. Major Haggie became an associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1905.

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