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William Brown (1850-1929)

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William Brown (1850-1929) of William Simons and Co

son of Andrew Brown

1929 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM BROWN, C.B.E., spent the whole of his engineering career with the shipbuilding firm of Messrs. William Simon and Company of Renfrew, of which his father was a partner.

He was born in Glasgow in 1850 and after attending the engineering course at Glasgow University under Professor Macquorn Rankine, he entered the firm in 1866 as an apprentice and became assistant manager of the engineering department in 1872, and four years later was appointed manager.

In 1888 he became a partner, and upon the conversion of the firm into a limited liability company he was elected a director.

On the death of his father in 1907 he became chairman and managing director of the company, a position which he continued to hold until his death on 24th December 1929.

Mr. Brown became a Member of the Institution in 1888. For fourteen years he represented the burgh of Renfrew on the Clyde Navigation Trust.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1929 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries