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John Brook MacFarlane (1869-1916)
1916 Obituary 
JAMES BROCK MACFARLANE was born in Glasgow on 3rd June 1869.
He was educated at Allan Glen's Institution and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College.
In 1887 he began an apprenticeship of five years in the works of Messrs. Smith Brothers and Co., Kinning Park, Glasgow, and on its completion in 1892 he remained as draughtsman with the firm, subsequently becoming head draughtsman.
In 1898 he worked in the drawing-office of Messrs. Vickers, Sons and Maxim, Ltd., in London, and subsequently at Barrow-in-Furness, and two years later he became leading draughtsman with Messrs. Ernst Schiess, of Dusseldorf, with whom he remained for five years.
His next appointment was as draughtsman with the Coventry Ordnance Works, and a year later (in 1906) be joined the staff of Messrs. Takata and Co., of London, as engineer, and in this capacity he was responsible for the execution of their machinery contracts.
Subsequently he accepted a similar appointment with Messrs. R. Wolf, of Laurence Pountney Hill, London.
His death took place in 1916, at the age of forty-six. He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1907.