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Thomas Moffat

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Thomas Moffat (1830-1886)

Mining Engineer, Montreal Iron Ore Mines, Whitehaven.

1887 Obituary [1]

THOMAS MOFFAT was born in the parish of Newton in the county of Edinburgh on 29th May 1830.

After some practical experience in coal mines, he entered in 1849 the office of the late Mr. William Logan, then manager of the Edmonstone Collieries, near Edinburgh, where he remained as apprentice and assistant until 1856, when he took charge of the Elphingstone Collieries in East Lothian.

In 1857 he took charge of the extensive collieries and iron-stone mines of the Coltness Iron Co., Newmains, Lanarkshire, which he considerably improved and developed.

In 1874 he removed to Cleator Moor, Cumberland, to take charge of the Montreal Hematite iron ore mines; and continued there till his death, which took place on 15th November 1886, at the age of fifty-six, after a prolonged illness.

He was frequently consulted in mining cases, and reported extensively on various mining fields throughout Scotland, Ireland, and the north-west of England.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1879.

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