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George Keith Buller Elphinstone

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Sir George Keith Buller Elphinstone (1865-1941) of Meinrad Theiler and Sons and Elliott Brothers

1865 May 11th. Born in Edinburgh the son of Edward Charles Buller-Elphinstone (1832–1915) and his wife Elizabeth Harriette Clerk (1833–1909)

Educated at Charterhouse

1881 A pupil at Charterhouse, Godalming, Guildford: George Keith Buller Elphinstone (age 15 born Midlothian).[1]

Worked for Woodhouse and Rawson

c1883-6 Worked for Elphinstone-Vincent Electro-Dynamo Machine Co owned by his uncle Lord Elphinstone

Worked for the London Electrical Co

Worked for Brush Electrical Engineering Co

Member of the Society of Telegraph Engineers

1891 Bought Meinrad Theiler and Sons

1893 Merged the Meinrad Theiler and Sons business with Elliott Brothers and became chairman of the company

1899 April 25th. Married Katherine Amy Wake (1869-1925)

1900 Birth of daughter Rosemary Elphinstone (1900-1945)

1901 Living at 28 Belmont Hill, Lee, London: George K. B. Elphinstone (age 35 born Scotland), Electrical Engineer and Employer. With his wife Katherine A. Elphinstone (age 32 born India) and their daughter Rosemary Elphinstone (age 3 months born Lee, Kent. Also a visitor Margaret Elphinstone (age 26 born Scotland). Four servants.[2]

1911 Living at Flat 14, Sussex Mansions, South Kensington, London SW: George Keith Buller Elphinstone (age 45 born Edinburgh), an Electrical Engineer and Employer. With his wife (married eleven years with one child) Katherine Amy Elphinstone (age 42 (born Bombay, India - British subject) and their daughter Rosemary Elphinstone (age 10 born Lewisham). Three servants.[3]

1917 Awarded OBE for war work. George Keith Buller Elphinstone, Managing Director of Elliott Brothers, Electrical Instrument Makers, Lewisham.[4]

1926 February 16th. Married Isabel Penrose Fry (1876-1953), daughter of Sir Theodore Fry of Woodburn, Darlington, at Chelsea.[5]

1941 July 6th. Died at London.

1941 Obituary. Sir Keith Elphinstone KBE, the electrical engineer died at his home in Ennismore Gardens, London age 76.[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. 1901 Census
  3. 1911 Census
  4. The Times, Saturday, Aug 25, 1917
  5. The Times, Wednesday, Dec 02, 1925
  6. The Times, Tuesday, Jul 08, 1941
  • M. W. Theiler and Sons. An Early Acquisition by Elliott Brothers London by H. R. Bristow