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William Beardmore, Baron Invernairn (1856–1936) by Elliott & Fry courtesy of Glasgow University Archive Services

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Beardmore, William, Baron Invernairn (1856–1936), engineer and shipbuilder, was born on 16 October 1856 at Deptford, the eldest son of William Beardmore and his wife, Sophia Louisa Halkman. His father was assistant manager of the Deptford works of the General Steam Navigation Company...

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Sir Thomas Bell (1865–1952) by unknown photographer reproduced with permission of Archives and Special Collections Department, Glasgow City Libraries, Information and Learning

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J. Brown

revised by Anthony Slaven

Bell, Sir Thomas (1865–1952), engineer and shipbuilder, was born on 21 December 1865 at Sirsawa in India, the son of Imrie Bell, a consultant engineer specializing in the design of lighthouses, and his wife, Jane Walker of Edinburgh. His early education was undertaken at the ...

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G. C. Boase

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Bremner, James (1784–1856), civil engineer and shipbuilder, was born at Keiss, in the parish of Wick, Caithness, on 25 September 1784, the youngest of nine children of James and Janet Bremner. He resembled his soldier father in his robust physique and in his fearless character, which emerged early in life. He received a limited education before, in 1798, being apprenticed to the ...

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Browne, Sir Benjamin Chapman (1839–1917), engineer and shipbuilder, was born on 26 August 1839 at Stouts Hill, Uley, Gloucestershire, the youngest of the three sons of Colonel Benjamin Chapman Browne (d. c.1853) of the 9th lancers and later of the Gloucestershire yeomanry...

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Chance, Sir James Timmins, first baronet (1814–1902), glass manufacturer and lighthouse engineer, was born in Birmingham on 22 March 1814, the eldest of the six sons of William Chance (1788–1856), merchant and glass manufacturer, of Spring Grove, Birmingham, and his wife, Phoebe (...

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Denny, Sir Archibald, first baronet (1860–1936), shipbuilder and engineer, was born at Dumbarton on 7 February 1860. He was the fourth son of Peter Denny (1821–1895), of Helenslee, Dumbarton, shipbuilder, and his wife, Helen (d. 1905), the eldest daughter of James Leslie...

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Sir Maurice Edward Denny, second baronet (1886–1955) by Walter Stoneman, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denny, Sir Maurice Edward, second baronet (1886–1955), engineer and shipbuilder, was born at Braehead, Dumbarton, on 11 February 1886, the eldest son of Archibald Denny (1860–1936) and Margaret Tulloch. Maurice Denny was the third generation of the family in control of shipbuilding at ...

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Goodrich, Simon (1773–1847), engineer and dockyard manager, was born on 28 October 1773, the son of Isaac Goodrich of Suffolk. Nothing is known of his early education and training, but in December 1796 he was appointed a draftsman to the mechanist in the office of ...

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Holt, Alfred (1829–1911), engineer and shipowner, was born on 13 June 1829 at 2 Rake Lane, Liverpool, third of the six children of George Holt (1790–1861), cotton broker, and Emma, daughter of William Durning, a prosperous Liverpool merchant, and his wife, Jane. George Holt...

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Kirk, Alexander Carnegie (1830–1892), mechanical engineer and inventor, was born in the manse of Barry, Forfarshire, on 16 July 1830, the eldest son in the family of three sons and one daughter of John Kirk (d. 1858), minister of Barry, and his wife, ...

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R. B. Prosser

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Morton, Thomas (1781–1832), shipbuilder and inventor of a ship-building slip, was born at Leith on 8 October 1781, the son of Hugh Morton, wright and builder. He appears to have worked for his father before establishing a shipbuilding business in Leith, which outlived him as ...

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Napier, David (1790–1869), shipbuilder and engineer, was born at Dumbarton on 29 October 1790, the son of John Napier (d. July 1813), an engineer in Dumbarton, and his second wife, Ann McAlister. He was a cousin of Robert Napier (1791–1876), the celebrated shipbuilder, whose younger brother was ...

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Pearce, Sir William, first baronet (1833–1888), engineer and shipbuilder, was born at Brompton near Chatham in Kent on 8 January 1833, the son of Joseph George Pearce. His early education is unknown, but he trained as a shipwright and naval architect at the ...

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Randolph [formerly Randall], Charles (1809–1878), marine engineer and shipbuilder, was born on 26 June 1809 in Stirling, the son of Charles Randall, bookseller, printer, and stationer, and his wife, Mary, née Steadman. He was educated at Stirling high school, Glasgow grammar school...

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Rudyerd, John (fl. 1703–1709), builder of the second Eddystone lighthouse, was one of a large and poor family. Little is known of his origins, except that he was born in Cornwall, probably near Plymouth. There he was in the service of a gentleman, who caused him to be educated....

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G. C. Boase

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Samuda, Joseph D'Aguilar (1813–1885), engineer and shipbuilder, was born in London on 21 May 1813, the second son of Abraham Samuda, a broker and East and West India merchant of Portuguese Jewish origin, and his wife, Joy, daughter of H. D'Aguilar of Enfield Chase, Middlesex...