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Robert Mudge Marchant

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Robert Mudge Marchant (1821-1902)

1821 Robert Mudge was born in Chilcompton, Somerset, son of William and Sarah Marchant, farmer[1]

Apprenticed to Mr Glennie (?) CE, resident engineer at Box Tunnel

1841 Married(1) Emmeline Montague Orton in Bristol[2]

2 years in charge of works on the Bristol and Exeter Railway

c.1845 One of the Resident Engineers on the South Devon Railway

c.1846 Resident engineer on the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway

1849 Elected as an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers; of 17 1/2 Great George St, Westminster.

1851 Bankruptcy of William Williams and Robert Mudge Marchant, both of No. 18, Great George-street, Westminster, and of No. 29, Netherfield-road North, Liverpool, and of Campden, in the county of Gloucester, Contractor for Public Works, and Builders, Dealers and Chapmen[3]

1854 Robert Mudge Marchant, Contractor for Public Works in London, and elsewhere in Great Britain, and Belgium, gave notice, that he had ceased to be a Partner of the firm of Welton and Marchant, Contractors for Public Works in Belgium, of which firm he and Mr. William Welton, Timber Merchant, in London, were the sole Individual Partners.[4]

Presumably moved to New Zealand at some point.

1867 James Ball Mannix, of Limerick, Ireland, has given notice at the Office of the Commissioners of his intention to proceed with his application for Letters Patent for the invention of "improvements in the permanent way of railways." — A communication to him from abroad by Robert Mudge Marchant, James Richard Davies, and John Allman Marchant, all of Wellington, New Zealand.[5]

1869 Patent by Robert Mudge Marchant, late of Wellington, New Zealand, both now temporarily of 166, Fleet-street, in the city of London, Civil Engineer, in respect of the invention of "improvements in the permanent way of railways"[6]

1869 Patent by Robert Mudge Marchant, of Torrington Square, in the county of Middlesex, Civil Engineer, in respect of the invention of "an improved mode of obtaining and applying power for locomotive and stationary purposes, and apparatus connected therewith."[7]

1870 Freeholder in Invercargill, New Zealand[8]

1871 Robert Marchant 50, civil engineer, and Anne Marchant 26, lived in Islington[9]

1871 Patent by Robert Mudge Marchant, of Kirby street, Hatton Garden, in the county of Middlesex, Civil Engineer, in respect of the invention of "improvements in the means of utilizing the exhaust in steam and other motive power engines."[10]

1876 Patent by Robert Mudge Marchant, of Kirby-street, Hatton Garden, in the county of Middlesex, Civil Engineer, in respect of the invention of "improvements in pumps and condensers for motive power engines and other purposes."[11]

1885 Formation of the Marchant Engine Syndicate

1886 An engineer; widower; Married(2) Annie Urry in Camden[12]

1901 Retired civil engineer, living in Tottenham with his wife, Annie[13]

c.1902 Died in Edmonton[14]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. BMD
  3. London Gazette 18 March 1853
  4. London Gazette 8 August 1854
  5. London Gazette 3 September 1867
  6. London Gazette 9 February 1869
  7. London Gazette 18 May 1869
  8. NZ Electoral roll
  9. 1871 census
  10. London Gazette 5 September 1871
  11. London Gazette 3 October 1876
  12. Parish records
  13. 1901 census
  14. BMD
  • Civil Engineer Records