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John Young (1826-1895)

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John Young (1826-1895)

1896 Obituary [1]

JOHN YOUNG, born on the 27th March, 1826, was educated at the Perth Academy. He then became a pupil of his father, the late James Young, who, in partnership with Alexander Mitchell, was practising as an engineer and architect in Perth.

After gaining some experience of railway construction under Locke and Errington, John Young commenced business on his own account in Perth in the year 1855, and during the next forty years was connected with many important works.

The first of these was the drainage of the city of Perth, which he carried out between 1862 and 1867. On account of the level of the town being in many places only a few feet above the normal level of the river, the works presented considerable difficulties, which Mr. Young overcame with great judgment and skill. He was also responsible for the drainage of Selkirk, Crieff, Blairgowrie, and Newport (Fife).

Between the years 1877 and 1880 Mr. Young carried out, in conjunction with the late J. F. La Trobe Bateman, an extension of the Perth Waterworks.

He was also engaged on works for the water-supply of Crieff and of Dunblane.

In addition to drainage and water-supply, he had some experience of railway works, having prepared plans for a narrow-gauge line from Alyth to Braemar and acted as engineer on the construction of the Crieff and Comrie Railway, an extension of the Caledonian system. He was also the architect of several public buildings in Perth and engineer to the Perth and District Tramways, recently completed and opened.

Mr. Young died on the 2nd December, 1895, after a short illness, death being attributed to a chill. In social life he was very popular.

He was the author of a little volume of songs and poems and had some skill as a musician. Mr. Young was a town councillor and magistrate of Perth, and an enthusiastic Freemason.

He was elected a Member on the 1st December, 1891.

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