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John Thomson (1840-1922) Engineer, of Engine Works, 36 Finnieston Street, Glasgow
c.1840 Born in Glasgow, son of James Thomson
Married Mary Helen Drummond (b. 1848 Stirling)
1868 Joined the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
1870 Employed in his father's business of J. and G. Thomson
1901 Retired marine engineer
1922 Obituary 
JOHN THOMSON was born on 12th February 1840 at Govan, Glasgow, and was the elder son of James Thomson, the founder of the marine engineering firm of James and George Thomson, of Finnieston and Clydebank. It is interesting to note that these works formed the nucleus of the celebrated shipbuilding yard of John Brown and Co.
The subject of this Memoir served his apprenticeship in his father's workshops, but subsequently commenced in business with his brother James, as John and James Thomson, engineers and boiler makers of Finnieston and Kelvinhaugh, specializing in marine work.
He retired from active participation in the business in 1891 and thereafter interested himself in philanthropic matters.
He died on 6th November 1922, aged eighty-two years.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1868.