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John Granger

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John Granger (c1819-1886), Railway Contractor

ca.1819. Born at East Kilbride

1851 Listed at Glasgow as John Granger (age 32), Civil Engineer with his brother William Granger (age 34), Railway Contractor and their two sisters.[1]

1851 Married at Old Machar to Eliza Heiton

1861 Listed at Perth as a Railway Contractor with his wife Eliza, son William (age 7) and four daughters.[2]

1871 Listed at Old Machar, Aberdeenshire as a railway Contractor employing 420 men. With wife Eliza, sons William (age 17), Andrew H. (age 7) and John (age 5); and four daughters.[3]

1873 Provisional director of the Athole Hydropathic Co.[4]

1875 John Granger, railway contractor, Aberdeen (the contractor for the Wigtownshire Railway.[5]

1881 Listed at Mains of Pitcur as a farmer of 440 acres employing 19 persons. Born East Kilbride. With his wife Eliza, sons John (age 15), Thomas A. (age 9), and James (age 8); also daughters Jessie L. and Lillias.[6]

1886 Died. 'Mr John Granger, farmer, Pitcur, died at Pitcur on Friday evening. Mr Granger was well known throughout the country as an extensive railway contractor. Some of the local lines, the last large extensions on the Newtyle and Dundee Railway some twenty years ago, were constructed by the Messrs Granger. Besides being engaged extensively in the construction of railways, he has also been connected with several other public contracts. Some twelve years he took over from the late Lord Fredrick Gordon of Hallyburton the farm of Pitcur, one of the best in Stathmore, where he has given his attention largely to the rearing of stock. In this field he has been very successful, his breed of cattle not only finding their way into the byres of some the leading stock rearers in this country, but America, and commanding in many cases very high prices.'[7]

1886 August 24th. Probate. John Granger, Engineer, Contractor, and Farmer of Pitcur, to Robert Granger, Iron, Iron Ore and Commission Merchant of Royal Exchange, Glasgow, and William Granger, Railway Contractor, Calcots as executors.

1887 Mention of the company J. and A. Granger and states that John Granger and Andrew Granger were brothers.[8]

1888 Mentions that John was co-adventurer of railway contracts with Andrew Granger.[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. 1861 Census
  3. 1871 census
  4. John Bull - Saturday 06 September 1873
  5. North British Agriculturist - Wednesday 15 September 1875
  6. 1881 Census
  7. Dundee Courier - Tuesday 04 May 1886
  8. Elgin Courant, and Morayshire Advertiser - Friday 22 July 1887
  9. Elgin Courant, and Morayshire Advertiser - Tuesday 18 December 1888