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Sir Alexander Glegg (1848-1933)

1848 Born the son of Robert Glegg, Iron Merchant

1922 J.P., Marine and Shipbuilding Engineer, Florys, Princes Road, Wimbledon Park, London, S.W.19. T. N.: 442 Putney. b. 1848; s. of Robt. Glegg, iron merchant, Aberdeen. Ed. School Gymnasium, Old Aberdeen, and King's College, Aberdeen. Served six years' apprenticeship at Hall, Russell and Co., Shipbuilders and Engineers, Aberdeen. Draughtsman in the R.L. Department, Woolwich Arsenal, designing machinery and torpedoes, 1870-2; Chief Draughtsman to R. Hoe and Co., London and New York, designing machinery for printing and folding newspapers from a continuous roll of paper, 1873-8; Manager and Proprietor of Bowen and Co., Founders and Engineers, Mount Pleasant, London; Chairman of the Linoleum Manufacturing Co., Ltd., London and Staines; Chairman, Masson, Scott and Co., Ltd., Engineers, Townmead Road, Fulham; Director, J. I. Thornycroft & Co., Ltd., Shipbuilders and Engineers, London, Southampton and Basingstoke. Chief Works: Introduction of aluminium cooking utensils into England; design of printing machinery. Mayor of Wandsworth; Vice-Chairman of the Battersea Polytechnic.

1933 Obituary[1]


Sir Alexander Glegg, whose death occurred at Wimbledon, on Tuesday, September 19, at the age of 85, though connected with the technical and, later, with the industrial side of engineering, will probably be best remembered for his religious and philanthropic activities. For the past two years he had been chairman of the committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society, with which body he had long been connected, and was also chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales, and treasurer of the London Congregational Union and the Hackney Theological College.

Alexander Glegg was born at Stonehaven, Aberdeen, and was educated at the Gymnasium and University of that city. During his connection with the University, he also served his apprenticeship in marine engineering with Messrs. Thomson, Patto and Buchanan, now Messrs. Hall, Russell and Company. In 1870, he became a draughtsman at Woolwich Arsenal, where he was engaged in torpedo design, but two years later obtained a position with Messrs. R. Hoe and Company, Limited, with whom he helped to perfect the Hoe-Webb printing press. Later, he became proprietor of Messrs. Bowen and Company, brass founders, where he engaged in the manufacture of aluminium, and of the Phoenix Foundry, Grays Inn-road, London, who manufactured electric motors and lighting fittings. He was also director of Messrs. John I. Thornycroft and Company, Limited, the Linoleum Manufacturing Co, and other concerns.

During the war he represented the Federation of Engineering Employers on the Women’s Wages Arbitration Board, and was also a member of the Metropolitan Ammunitions Committee. He became an associate of the Society of Telegraph Engineers in 1872, and was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1902. He was a member of the Royal Institution and of the Governing Body of Battersea Polytechnic. He received the honour of knighthood in 1930."

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