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James Tennant Boyd

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James Tennant Boyd (1850-1902)

1897 J. T. Boyd of Lochgarry Lodge, Lenzie. Director of Stirling's Motor Carriages. Late chairman of Mody Bay Iron Works, Bombay.[1]


1903 Obituary [2]

JAMES TENNANT BOYD was born at Darvel, Ayrshire, on 12th January 1850.

He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. M. Paul and Co., Levenford Works, Dumbarton, from 1866 to 1871, and on its expiration he was engaged as second engineer on the s.s. "Enterprise," of Londonderry.

From 1873 to 1876 he served with the Peninsular and Oriental Co., as fifth, fourth, and third engineer.

In 1876 he became chief engineer to the National Spinning and Weaving Co., at Bombay, and remained in that position until 1879.

From that year until 1888 he was chief engineer and superintendent of the Bombay Ice Co., and during that period he re-erected the ice factory and machinery after a fire.

In 1888 he founded and became sole proprietor of Boyd's Ice Factory in Bombay. He was also a director of the Mody Bay Iron Co., Bombay. In 1896 he returned to Scotland, and became one of the first directors of Stirling's Motor Carriage Co., of Glasgow and Hamilton.

His death took place from paralysis at his residence at Lenzie, near Glasgow, on 28th December 1902, in his fifty-third year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1893.


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Sources of Information

  1. Dundee Courier - Tuesday 14 December 1897
  2. 1903 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries