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Francis Henry Beattie

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Francis Henry Beattie (1843-1887)

1888 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS HENRY BEATTIE was born in Liverpool on 1st October 1843, and served his apprenticeship at Nine Elms, London, under his uncle, the late Mr. Joseph Beattie, locomotive superintendent of the London and South Western Railway.

Subsequently be was occupied specially in the construction of roofs and bridges; and designed and superintended the manufacture and erection of many important roofs and buildings in this country and abroad, for which the use of mild steel was largely adopted.

He was perfecting his invention of a particular kind of torpedo when he was overcome by illness which resulted in his death, at Bowdon, near Altrincham, Cheshire, on 31st December 1887, at the ago of forty-four.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1882.

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