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David McTaggart Symmers

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David McTaggart Symmers (1870-1903)

1904 Obituary [1]

DAVID McTAGGART SYMMERS, M.A. (Aberdeen), died in Aberdeen on the 20th August, 1903.

Born on the 14th January, 1870, he was educated at Gordon’s College and at Aberdeen University, where he graduated in arts in 1893.

After serving a pupilage to Patrick M. Barnett, he was appointed an Engineering Assistant on the staff of the Great North of Scotland Railway, on which he was engaged until 1899, when he entered the service of the Aberdeen Harbour Commission, under R. Gordon Nicol, the Engineer-in-Chief. Under Mr. Nicol he was employed in various works of improvement at the Port of Aberdeen, including the construction of timber wharves, masonry quay walls with cylinder foundations, the reconstruction works of Regent Bridge, and Point Law Improvement Works.

He was a most reliable and trustworthy engineer, conscientious and scrupulously accurate in all his work. He took great interest in the local engineering and scientific societies, and contributed in 1902 a Paper on 'The Stresses in Masonry Arches' to the Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers, of which he was a member.

Mr. Symmers was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 2nd April, 1901.

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