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James Ker Gulland

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James Ker Gulland (1835-1921)

of the Diamond Drill Co, 60 Victoria Street, Westminster, S.W.

1877 Established a company J. K. Gulland

1878 His design of drill was patented[1]

1922 Obituary [2]

JAMES KER GULLAND was born at Low Torrie, Fifeshire, on the 20th November 1835, and was educated at the Geddes Institution, Culross.

His practical training was obtained at several iron works in Glasgow. However, the following two years, which were devoted to underground work in coal and iron mining, appear to have turned his attention to an intensive study of deep-well and other borings; and as Manager of the Diamond Rock Boring Co. he carried out the borings for the Clifton Tunnel and the Hope Level, also the removal of rock at the mouth of the Tees.

On his own account as a consulting engineer he put down numerous deep artesian wells, notably at Chatham Dockyard, Cheshunt, Northampton, etc., and his diamond rock drill has been supplied to many of the principal governments.

Among his early achievements should be mentioned the erection of the Victoria Bridge (S.E. and C. Rly.) over the Thames, which was carried out by him under the supervision of Sir Charles Fox and Sons.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884, and was a Fellow of the Geological Society.

He died on the 18th November 1921, in his eighty-sixth year.

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