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Robert Steuart Erskine

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Robert Steuart Erskine (c1861-1913), Electrical engineer. Alternatively known as Robert Stuart Eskine and R. S. Erskine.

1882-1884: Engineer to Lane-Fox on the project to introduce electric street lighting to the whole town of Temesvar (modern-day Timișoara) in Hungary (now Romania).[1] Completed in 1884, this was one of the earliest and most extensive uses of electric street lighting in Europe at the time[2]

1899 Became a member of the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland

1903 Bio Note [3]

ERSKINE, R. S.- Joined the Club on December 5th, 1899, but has not been a member of the Club Committee so far.

1913 Obituary [4]

ROBERT STEUART ERSKINE obtained his electrical training at the works of Messrs. Crompton & Co., and left that firm in July, 1887, to join the Kensington Court Electric Lighting Company.

When that Company was succeeded in 1888 by the Kensington and Knightsbridge Electric Lighting Company he became secretary to the latter, and occupied that position until his death, which took place on 14th June, 1913.

He was one of the originators of the Electrical Engineers Volunteers, and for some time was a Major, acting as commanding officer during Colonel Crompton's absence at the South African War.

He was 52 years of age when he died.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1889.

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Sources of Information

  1. Crompton, Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton Reminiscences. (1928) London: Constable & Co. Ltd. p.131
  2. First electric illuminated city in Europe celebrates 130 years Business Review (November 2014).
  3. 1903/02/26 Automobile Club Journal
  4. 1913 Institution of Electrical Engineers: Obituaries