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William Pettigrew Millar

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William Pettigrew Millar (1876-1932)

1932 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM PETTIGREW MILLAR was born in 1876 and served his apprenticeship in the workshops of the New Howe Machine Company of Glasgow. He also attended evening classes at the John Street Technical School, Glasgow.

During the ensuing three years he worked in the shops and drawing office of Messrs. D. Stewart and Company of Glasgow. He subsequently gained varied experience with other firms, including Messrs. A. F. Craig and Company, Paisley, Messrs. Stewart and Menzies, Coatbridge, and Messrs. Campbell, Binnie and Company, Glasgow, for whom he became chief draughtsman in 1900.

Three years later he was appointed assistant engineer to Messrs. W. D. Hamilton and Company of Glasgow, and during a period of over seven years with this firm he was responsible for the design and installation of important plant, including the Southern Sewage Scheme of the Glasgow Corporation.

Mr. Millar subsequently took up the commercial side of engineering and became associated with the Otis Lift and Elevator Company of America and later was appointed Glasgow manager of the Waygood-Otis Company. He remained with this company for over twenty-one years and obtained many valuable contracts for them, including installations in the latest ships of the Cunard Company.

Mr. Millar had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1905.

His death occurred on 17th October 1932.

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