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John Dunn Ferguson

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John Dunn Ferguson (1864-1894)

1895 Obituary [1]

JOHN DUNN FERGUSON, born on the 29th of February, 1864, was apprenticed in 1881 for five years to William Robertson Copland, of Glasgow, with whom he subsequently remained for eight months as an assistant. During that period he was engaged in the design and construction of many important undertakings, among which may be mentioned works for the water-supply of Girvan, Kinross, Dumbarton, Duntocher and Dalmuir, Gourock, and Falkirk; the drainage of Dumbarton, the Barony of Glasgow, Falkirk, Helensburgh and Largs ; Shandon Pier; and repairs to the basin of Leven Shipbuilding Yard.

In January, 1887, Mr. Ferguson entered the service of Lobnitz and Co, the engineers and shipbuilders of Renfrew.

After being employed in the shipyard of that firm for twelve months he was sent to London to take charge of the erection of machinery.

From April, 1890, to September, 1891, he was engaged for Messrs. Bateman, Parsons and Bateman in superintending the laying of iron pipes for the water-supply of Buenos Ayres.

He was then employed by the Argentine Commission of Health to superintend generally the execution of the works in Buenos Ayres. Mr. Ferguson’s career, however, was prematurely cut short. He was attacked by illness on his way home from Argentina and died in London on the 14th of April, 1894.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 13th of January, 1891.

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