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Henry Smith Stobart

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Henry Smith Stobart ( -1880)

1880 Obituary [1]

Mr. HENRY SMITH STOBART, of Witton Towers, Darlington, who was killed by lightning on Saturday, the 25th of June last, was a member of one of the most respected and oldest families connected with the coal trade of the North of England.

Son of the late Colonel Stobart, one of the early promoters and for many years a leading director of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the late H. S. Stobart succeeded his father in the management of the North Bitchburn Collieries, which are among the largest of their kind in the country.

The family at one time were also the owners of the Black Boy Collieries, which they sold some few years ago to the firm of Bolckow, Vaughan, & Co.

As a coal-owner, the late H. S. Stobart took an active part in the deliberations of the Durham Coal Trade Association, and he was also a prominent member of the North of England Institute of Mining Engineers. Elected in 1873 to membership in the Iron and Steel Institute, the deceased has attended several meetings, but has never borne any conspicuous part in the proceedings of that body.

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  1. 1880 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries