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John Grant ( -1897)
"MANY will share our great regret at the death of Mr. John Grant, who for 51 years was closely identified with the Clydebank engineering and shipbuilding establishments. The end was especially sad: on Friday night he was walking home from the works to his house at Dalmuir along the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal, and, stumbling, fell into the water; he was rescued soon after and medical aid was summoned, but it was too late.
Mr. Grant commenced with the firm soon after they started their engine works at Finnieston; shipbuilding was only added in 1851 in a yard at Salterscroft, now occupied partly by the new Prince's Dock and the graving docks of the Clyde Trust. Then there were only six other yards on the Clyde.
The first engine made at the Clydebank Foundry was a single steeple engine of 50 horse-power for a West Highland trading vessel, and the first steamer was the Mountaineer for the same trade; and since then and throughout the long period of the firm's success, Mr. Grant has occupied a prominent position in the affairs of the business. He was not associated with the technical so much as with the commercial department of the concern, but his great experience and mature judgment were of incalculable service in every department.
He ever shrank from public notice, and yet many who have visited the works, either with Institutions or individually - and their number is legion - will recall his ever-courteous welcome, perhaps also, in many cases, his genial hospitality. Of quiet, unassuming temperament, he was nevertheless a charming conversationalist in private - a fact due to his kindly bearing, his constant study of the best literature, his intuitive skill as an art connoisseur, and his love of poetry and nature. Indeed, his books and his paintings, to which he was devoted, were his companions; and one could not help feeling that he was the richer for it. His success in life was but the reward of his own effort; and thus he encouraged those under him."