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Arthur Charlesworth Peebles

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Arthur Charlesworth Peebles (1874-1951)

1874 Born in Edinburgh, son of David Bruce Peebles and his wife Rosa[1]

1901 Living with his brothers and sisters in Leith: Rose C Peebles 36, Charlotte L Peebles 25, William C Peebles 29, gas engineer, Arthur C Peebles 26, electrical engineer, May Peebles 24, John R Peebles 23, electrical engineer, Helen Peebles, 17[2]

1952 Obituary [3]

"Major ARTHUR CHARLESWORTH PEEBLES, O.B.E. (Mil.), was well known in engineering circles in Edinburgh, where for many years he was in practice as a consulting mechanical and electrical engineer. He was educated at Heriot Watt College, Edinburgh University, the State Technical College at Chemnitz (Germany) and at Finsbury Technical College, London. His apprenticeship was served during his school vacations in his father's business, W. Bruce Peebles and Co, Leith, gas engineers, from 1884 to 1890, and with S. Z. Ferranti, Ltd., from 1895 to 1897. In the following year he inaugurated an electrical department in the family firm and subsequently became its managing director. He went into business on his own account in 1908 as agent, merchant, and consulting engineer in Glasgow and continued in this work for a number of years. During the 1914-18 war he served in the Royal Engineers (T.A.) with the rank of major and rendered valuable services in connexion with the Forth defences, being twice mentioned in dispatches. The appointments he held included those of officer-in-charge of machinery and of the defence electric lights; he was responsible for many electric plants at strategic points. In addition he recruited, trained, and later commanded nine additional fortress companies. In 1927 Major Peebles commenced to practise in Edinburgh as a consulting mechanical and electrical engineer, and either singly or jointly with his partners Messrs. Begg and Shaw, was responsible for a number of heating and lighting schemes for public and private buildings. In 1940 the name of the firm was changed to Messrs. Begg and Peebles. Major Peebles, whose death occurred on 29th May 1951 at the age of seventy-seven, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1929 and transferred to Membership in 1934. He was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers."

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