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James Beaumont Buchanan (1850-1906)
1907 Obituary 
JAMES BEAUMONT BUCHANAN, born in May, 1850, was educated at the Madras Civil Engineering College and obtained his practical training under the late Mr. P. Doyle.
He entered the Public Works Department of Haidarabad as a probationer in 1870, and worked his way up by force of merit through all ranks of the service to the grade of Executive Engineer in 1886.
In 1888 he was selected to reorganize and administer the municipality of Chudderghat, a task which he fulfilled with ability and success.
He rejoined the Public Works Department in 1894 and 3 years later he was appointed officiating Chief Engineer to the Haidarabad State. Mr. Buchanan did excellent work during the famine in Haidarabad, and also in the organization of the various camps during the outbreaks of plague in the Kizam’s dominions between 1896 and 1900. He was it man of untiring energy and physical endurance and all his work was characterized by excellence and thoroughness.
He retired from active service in India in 1901, but on his return home he secured an appointment under the London County Council which gave him congenial occupation during the last 3 years of his life.
He died at his residence, 1 Elsworthy Terrace, London, N.W., on the 27th February, 1906, in his fifty-sixth year.
Mr. Buchanan was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 2nd December, 1884.