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John Paton (1822-1883)

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John Paton (1822-1883)

1822 Born in Scotland

1871 John Paton 48, manager of collieries and ironworks, lived in Blaenavon with Anne Jane Paton 44, John Paton 8, Robert Roy Paton 6, William Malcolm Paton 3[1]

1878 Crumlin Viaduct Works were heavily in debt; its operations producing nuts and bolts passed to John Paton and Co for a while.

1881 John Paton 57, civil engineer, lived in Pontypool with Anne J. Paton 52 Jane Paton 23, John Paton 18, accountant, Robert R. Paton 16, railway locomotive engineer[2]

1883 Died in Pontypool district[3]

1883 Obituary [4]

JOHN PATON, who died suddenly of heart complaint on Saturday, 30th June, was the only son of Mr. James Paton, of Dumfries, Scotland, and was born June 10, 1822.

After completing his education at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, he served for a time at Dundyvan Iron Works, where he remained until 1852.

He was afterwards engaged at the Dudley Port Iron Works, Staffordshire - the works of Messrs. Robert Heath & Sons - and at John Brown & Co.'s, Atlas Works, Sheffield, until February 1863, when he left the latter works on being appointed general manager of the Blaenavon Iron and Steel Co.'s works and collieries. He held the latter position until, in September 1874, he took up his residence near Pontypool, where he died.

He was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and was an original member of the Iron and Steel Institute, although he never took any active part in its affairs.

1883 Obituary [5]

JOHN PATON was the only son of Mr. James Paton, of Dumfries, and was educated at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

He served an apprenticeship of seven years under Mr. John Wilson, Assoc. Inst. C.E., an extensive iron and coal master at Dandyvan, and was then for eight years colliery agent, and furnace and forge and mill manager, and ultimately general manager of the Silverdale and Biddulph Valley Works, near Stoke-upon-Trent.

Leaving this, he, for two and a half years, held the position of consulting manager of the iron department of Sir John Brown and Co.'s works, Sheffield.

In February, 1863, he became general manager and engineer to the Blaenavon Iron and Coal Co. Through his instrumentality the town of Blaenavon was greatly enlarged and its resources developed, and the works under his management were much improved. It was through him that one of the largest furnaces in South Wales was constructed at Blaenavon.

On retiring, in 1874, he went to live at Pontypool, where he died suddenly of apoplexy on the 30th of June, 1883. Mr. Paton was elected a Member of the Institution on the 7th of April, 1868.

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