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David Macfarlane Macleod

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David Macfarlane Macleod (1875-1949), M.I.E.E., Chief Engineer, Clyde Valley Electrical Power Co.

1949 Obituary.[1]

DAVID MACFARLANE MACLEOD, who died at his home in Cambuslang on the 29th May, 1949, at the age of 73, was born and educated in Glasgow. He served his apprenticeship with a Govan firm and received his engineering education at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow. After experience with the Edinburgh and Aberdeen Corporation Electricity Departments, he became Assistant Borough Electrical Engineer at Poplar. He was appointed Resident Engineer with the British Westinghouse Co. on their original Clyde Valley contract and, on the completion of that contract in 1907, was transferred to the staff of the Clyde Valley Electrical Power Co. as Mains Engineer, and was Chief Engineer of that undertaking from 1910 until his retirement in 1933. During that period he played an active part in choosing the site, construction and early development of Clyde's Mill power station.

He took a keen interest in the well-being of the community, was a Justice of the Peace and was also a member of the Lanarkshire County Council from 1934 until 1945. He was a keen angler and a good all-round sportsman, and always gave the Clyde Valley Athletic and other amateur sporting associations his wholehearted support.

He joined The Institution as an Associate Member in 1910 and was elected a Member in 1916. He served as a member of the Committee of the Scottish Centre 1925-27 and 1928-34, and as Chairman of the Centre 1927-28. His paper on "Service Branches from Extra-High-Tension Circuits" was published in the Journal in 1916.

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