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John McClure Caldwell Paton

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John McClure Caldwell Paton (1852-1915).

of Manlove, Alliott, Fryer and Co, Bloomsgrove Works, Ilkeston Road, Nottingham.

1852 Born in Wednesbury[1], son of William Paton, independent minister, and his second wife Jean.

1871 An engineer, lodging in Sherwood, Nottingham[2]

1877 Engineer in Java; became a Member of I Mech E; one of his proposers was J. B. Alliott[3]

1891 Mechanical engineer, living in Nottingham, with his mother Jane Paton 66, and sisters Anna Paton 35, Margaret Ada Alexander Paton 28, Beatrice Cuningham Paton 28[4]

Worked presumably for Manlove, Alliott and Co of Nottingham

1899 Published a review of centrifugal drying machines in The Engineering Times

1911 Managing director of an engineering works, living in Nottingham with his sisters Annie Paton 54, Ada Paton 48[5]

1915 Died in Nottingham

1915 Obituary [6]

JOHN MCCLURE CALDWELL PATON was born at Wednesbury, Staffs, on 28th April 1852.

After being educated at public schools at Newport (Salop) and Atherstone, he was apprenticed in 1867 to the firm of Manlove, Alliott and Co., of Nottingham.

On the completion of his apprenticeship he spent some time in a sugar refinery in Liverpool, working both in the laboratory and the refinery, where he obtained a thorough knowledge of the manufacture of sugar in this country.

For some years he then travelled in the Dutch East Indies, where he represented the firm of Manlove, Alliott and Co. with considerable success.

In 1879 and 1880 he visited the Australian Colonies and British India, and in the following year, after a further visit to Australia, he returned to England, being appointed general manager of Messrs. Manlove, Alliott and Co.'s Works in Nottingham.

In 1884 he was admitted to the firm as a partner, and in 1888, when it was converted into a limited company, he was appointed managing director in conjunction with Mr. Alliott.

His name was specially associated not only with the manufacture of sugar machinery, but also in connection with works relating to Sanitation and Public Health. Mention may be made of the firm's design of the Washington Lyon Steam Disinfector, in which the improvements effected by Mr. Paton have resulted in the disinfector being considered the standard of what such an apparatus should be.

His death took place, after a short illness, at Nottingham, on 10th April 1915, in his sixty-third year.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1877; he was also a Member of the Society of Chemical Industry, and of the Royal Institution of Holland, while residing in the Dutch Colonies.

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1871 census
  3. Mechanical Engineer Records
  4. 1891 census
  5. 1911 census
  6. 1915 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries