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James Marshall Strachan

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James Marshall Strachan (1865-1929) of Brown, Hughes and Strachan

1864 Born in Fetteresso, Kincardine[1]

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[2]

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[3]

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[4]



1928/29 Obituary [5]

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 then became Managing Director of Brown, Hughes and Strachan, at Hammersmith, and eventually built up the well-known coach-building business carried on under the name of Strachan and Brown.

He died on 10th June, 1929.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1909.


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