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John Macnie

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James Macnie (1831-1902)

1903 Obituary [1]

JOHN MACNIE, born at Stirling in 1831, began his engineering career in 1850 as an Assistant to the late Mr. Dow, then Manager of the Gasworks in that town.

On the resignation of Mr. Dow in 1857 he was appointed Manager of the Works, which post he held for seven years.

From 1864 to 1867 he was Engineer and Manager of Limerick Gasworks, and in the latter year he was appointed Manager and Secretary to the Londonderry Gaslight Co.

He retained those posts until 1899, when failing health obliged him to resign the managership, but he continued to discharge the duties of Secretary until shortly before his death, which took place at his residence, Foyle Bank, Victoria Park, Londonderry, on the 21st October, 1902.

To Mr. Macnie is due a large share of the credit for the successful operations of the Londonderry Gaslight Company. It was mainly owing to his efforts that the Company obtained the Act under which it is now working, and to his foresight was due the necessary extensions of the works. He frequently advised other companies as to improvements and questions of gas production.

Mr. Macnie was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 28th May, 1878, and was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members.

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