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John Warden Watson

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John Warden Watson (1867-1903)


1903 Obituary [1]

JOHN WARDEN WATSON was born in Glasgow on 8th July 1867.

After an elementary education, he attended evening classes at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College from 1882 to 1890, and was successful in obtaining first class Science and Art Certificates in all his subjects.

In the former year be commenced an apprenticeship with Messrs. Duncan Stewart and Co., at their London Road Iron Works, Glasgow, and served the usual time in the shops and drawing office.

On its completion in 1887 he was engaged as draughtsman by the same firm, being promoted in 1891 to the post of chief draughtsman. During that period he also superintended the erection of large steam-engines, steel works' plant, and sugar machinery, &c.

In 1897 ho was appointed engineering manager of the London office of Messrs. Duncan Stewart and Co., and remained in this position until 1900, when he entered into partnership with Mr. F. W. Scott as engineers and contractors.

His death took place in London from consumption, after several months' illness, on 4th December 1903, at the age of thirty-six.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1898.


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