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Frederick Pattison Pullar

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Frederick Pattison Pullar (1875-1901)

1901 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK PATTISON PULLAR was born at Bridge of Allan, on 90th December 1875, and was the only son of Mr. Laurence Pallor, and nephew of Sir Robert Pullar of Perth.

Having been educated by private tutors and at the High School of Stirling, he attended the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College from 1893 to 1895.

At the end of the latter year he entered his father's dyed and printed cloth works at Bridge of Allan, where his duties lay chiefly in the engineering department.

He took a great interest in meteorology and deep-sea soundings, and, in conjunction with Sir John Murray, undertook a systematic survey of all the lochs of Scotland. For this purpose he devised many improvements in the apparatus for taking soundings.

His death was of a tragic nature. While several hundred persons were skating on Airthrey Loch, near Bridge of Allan, the ice suddenly gave way, and a number of people were precipitated into the water. He was a strong and powerful swimmer, and at once rushed to the rescue of those who were immersed, plunging into the water with his skates on. Having successfully assisted some to land, he went to the succour of a young lady who was exhausted. Having supported her for some time, they both sank before help reached them. This occurred on 15th February 1901, at the age of twenty-five.

He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1897; he was also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Member of the Royal Meteorological Society.

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