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of Napier, Shanks and Bell, Yoker, near Glasgow.
Studied at Glasgow University, where he studied engineering.
1874 went to Simpson and Co of Pimlico as draughtsman
1875 Moved to John Penn and Sons, Greenwich
1876 Assistant manager of the engine works of R Napier and Sons
1877 August: left Napiers to form Napier, Shanks and Bell, shipbuilders and engineers, of Yoker
1881 Master Shipbuilder Employing 300 Men & 30 Boys, lived in Old Kilpatrick
1881 Married Sarah Jane Harper in Bristol
1898 Joined the Institution of Civil Engineers
1901 Robert T Napier 50, consulting engineer, lived in Larkshill with Sarah J Napier 51, Myra S Napier 18, Edith E Napier 2
1922 Died in Dunblane