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David Campbell (1813-1882)

1864 David Campbell, Engineer, 20 Castle Street, Liverpool.[1]

1882 May. Died.[2]

1883 Obituary [3]

DAVID CAMPBELL was born in Glasgow on 24th September 1813, and was educated there.

He served his apprenticeship as an engineer and millwright, first at Lennox Mill, Campsie, and afterwards with Messrs. Murdoch and Aitken, of Hill Street Foundry and Engine Works, Glasgow.

Shortly after finishing his time he removed to Lancashire, where he was employed by Messrs. Hick Hargreaves and Co., Bolton, and Messrs. George Forrester and Co., Vauxhall Foundry, Liverpool.

In 1839 he was sent out by the latter firm to Russia, to take charge of the fitting up of some machinery; and shortly after his return, about the beginning of 1843, he was sent out to India in charge of some new presses for the Coloba Press Co. of Bombay.

On the completion of this engagement he was re-engaged by the same company as their resident superintendent engineer, which position he held for some fifteen years. During this time he did much in the way of improving machinery for pressing cotton and other goods, and brought out several inventions in connection with screw and side-lever presses. Even after his return from India in 1857, he was still retained for several years in the service of the company as their consulting and inspecting engineer in England.

In the autumn of 1871 he was induced to go out to India again; but finding the climate rather trying at his advanced age, he made only a short stay.

After his return he carried on business as a consulting and inspecting engineer, first in Liverpool and Glasgow, and subsequently in Glasgow only. He held the appointment of inspector of new pipes for the Liverpool Corporation Water Works up to the time of his death, which took place at Glasgow on 11th May 1882, from congestion of the lungs.

He was also representative in Scotland of Messrs. Sharp Stewart and Co., and of the Bolton Iron and Steel Co.; and in the latter capacity is believed to have been the first to introduce Bessemer steel to the Clyde shipbuilders and the railway engineers around Glasgow.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1864.

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