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John Charles Grant Wilson

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John Charles Grant Wilson (1857-1903)

1903 Obituary [1]

JOHN CHARLES GRANT WILSON was born at West Park, Leslie, Fifeshire, on 7th September 1857.

He received his education at Kennaway Public School; Madras College, St. Andrews; and at the University College at St. Andrews.

He served an apprenticeship from 1874 to 1879 under his father at the works of the Avonside Engine Co., Bristol.

In 1880 he went to Manila as assistant engineer to Messrs. Barlow and Wilson; and in 1885 was appointed superintendent of the Manila Tramway.

In 1888 he was employed as sectional engineer on the Manila and Dagupan Railway, having one of the most difficult sections of their line in his charge; and on the completion of the lino was appointed locomotive superintendent, retaining his post until the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, when he came home on account of ill-health.

He returned to Manila in July 1903, as estate manager to Messrs. Ayala and Co.'s provincial distilleries, and died suddenly of cholera on 14th August 1903, in his forty-sixth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1892.

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