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James Marshall Strachan (1865-1929) of Brown, Hughes and Strachan
1864 Born in Fetteresso, Kincardine
1879-84 Apprentice millwright with A. Wilson, Bridge of Muchalls, Stonehaven
Worked in Edinburgh for various employers
1888-94 Foreman pattern and model maker for Nalder Brothers and Co of Clerkenwell
1891 James Strachan 26, engineer pattern maker, lived in Kensington with Ellen Strachan 27, Lizzie Strachan 3
1894-7 Foreman pattern maker with Wicks Rotary Type Casting Co
1897-8 Model maker foreman with Sherard Cowper-Coles, Westminster
1898-1901 Works manager, Library Supply Co
1901 James M Strachan 37, cabinet works manager, lived in Fulham with Ellen Strachan 38, Lizzie Strachan 13
1901-4 Foreman, Everett, Edgcumbe and Co
1904-8 Works manager, Adams Manufacturing Co, Bedford
1907 Joined the Masonic Lodge in Bedford, an engineer
1908 Joined Brown, Hughes and Strachan of Shepherd's Bush; aimed to change the balance of work from bodywork to engineering.
1909 Managing director of Brown, Hughes and Strachan when he joined the I Mech E as an Associate Member.
1911 James Strachan 47, engineer, in motor car engineering, employer, lived in Fulham with Ellen Strachan 48, Lizzie Strachan 23
1928/29 Obituary 
James Marshall Strachan was born in 1865 and served his apprenticeship as a millwright in Scotland.
He then came to London and spent several years as a foreman pattern maker, being subsequently appointed Managing Foreman to Everett, Edgcumbe and Co. His next position was that of Works Manager to the Adams Manufacturing Co, Bedford, after which he took up a similar position with the Humphris Gear Co.
He died on 10th June, 1929.
He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1909.