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George Louis Outram Davidson (1858-1939). Early aircraft designer. Member of the Aeronautical Society
of Aberdeen and sometime of Denver, Colorado
1858 September 11th. Born in Banchory, the son of Patrick Davidson and his wife Mary Anne Leslie
1888 Secretary of the English and American Mortgage Co.
1897 'Mr. George L. O. Davidson says, in the "Saturday Review," that most of us will live to see the air-liners gliding from country to country at a speed of at least 300 miles an hour.'
1898 'Under the auspices of the Aeronautical Society, a paper will be read by Mr. George L. O. Davidson upon the subject of mechanical flight, entitled "The Flying Machine of the Future", at the rooms of the the Society of Arts, Adelphi, next Friday afternoon. Lord Mountmorres in the chair.'
1903 An engineer, arrived in New York, en route to Colorado
1908 August. 'Mr. George L. O. Davidson, Scottish engineer from Denver, Colorado, declares that he has invented a flying machine that solved the problem of natural flight.'
1908 August. Detailed letter regarding flight.
1909 'Mr George L. O. Davidson has left Inchmarlo Cottage, Banchory, for the south. Mr Davidson is the well-known inventor of "Davidson’s System Flight," which is claimed to be the solution of the problem of practical mechanical flight. Davidson has now completed his experiments, and has fully protected his invention. Workshops have been built in the south of England, where Mr Davidson and his mechanics are at present constructing a full-sized air car. This machine which is neither a balloon nor aeroplane will weigh about 6 tons, and carry a dozen passengers. It can rise from the ground of its own self-contained force, and travel, carrying passengers safely and speedily from place place independent of any wind. Davidson's bid for the conquest of the air will be watched with interest by Aberdonians and Scotchmen generally.'
1926 'George L. O. Davidson, now of Inchmarlo Cottage, Banchory'
1930 'Mr L. O. Davidson’s Proposed Scheme. The recent sweepstake on behalf of the Irish Free State hospitals has once again brought up the question of the legitimacy of State lotteries. Sir Arthur Holbrook, writing in the “Daily Dispatch,” praises the scheme of Mr George L. O. Davidson, of Inchmarlo, which is claimed to be a counter-attraction to gambling, and an incentive to thrift. Mr Davidson’s scheme, details of which have already appeared in the "Press and Journal"...'
1937 Death of his sister Williamina Saida Davidson age 81 at Inchmarlo Cottage, Banchory. He is still alive.
1939 June 26th. Died. 'One of the earliest British flying machine inventors, Mr George L. O. Davidson, Inchmarlo Cottage Banchory, was buried in Banchory Cemetery yesterday. He was the last surviving member of the family of the late Mr Patrick Davidson of Inchmarlo, a family that has been one of the best known in Deeside for several generations. Mr Davidson first designed a flying machine over forty years ago, and the intervening years continued his aeronautic activities.'