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John Douglas (1836-1892)

1893 Obituary [1]

JOHN DOUGLAS was born at Cupar, Fife, N.B., on the 20th of March, 1836, and was educated at the Universities of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.

After serving articles to the late Jesse Hall, Civil Engineer, of St. Andrews, he went, in 1859, to Dublin as Assistant Engineer to the Hibernian Gas Light Co. That post he held until the end of 1862, when he was appointed Engineer and Manager of the Portsea Island Gas Co at Portsmouth.

Mr. Douglas subsequently undertook also the duties of Secretary, and during his management the works of the Company were entirely remodelled and greatly extended. A river-wall and new gas-holders, in which concrete was used in the construction of the tanks, were among the works he carried out, in addition to the introduction of coal-lifting machinery.

Mr. Douglas was compelled by an attack of paralysis to resign his connection with the Portsea Island Gas Company in 1879, and for the next six years he was unable to engage actively in the pursuit of the profession.

In 1885, however, he had so far recovered as to undertake the management of the Medina Cement Works, near Newport, I.W., of Charles Francis, Son and Co, in which firm he had been a partner for some ten years. But his health never became entirely re-established, and after intervals of suffering he died at Cowes on the 10th of January, 1892.....[more]

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