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John Thomson (1840-1922)

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Memorial at Glasgow Necropolis.
Memorial at Glasgow Necropolis.

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)[1]

1868 Joined the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

1870 Employed in his father's business of J. and G. Thomson

1875 of John and James Thomson, Finnieston Engine Works, 36 Finnieston Street, Glasgow.

1901 Retired marine engineer[2]

1922 Obituary [3]

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.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1901 Census
  2. 1901 census
  3. 1922 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries