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Robert Carstairs Reid

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Robert Carstairs Reid (1845-1894)

1894 Obituary [1]

ROBERT CARSTAIRS REID, born at Kettle, county of Fife, on the 6th of December, 1845, was the second son of the late Rev. William Reid, minister of the parish of Kettle for forty-two years.

After completing his education at the Edinburgh Institution and the Edinburgh University, in 1862, he entered the office of the late James Leslie, with whom he served an apprenticeship of five years. During the latter part of this period he was appointed Resident Engineer on the Thornhill Waterworks and subsequently, he was actively engaged in the Parliamentary surveys, and on the working-drawings of the Dundee Waterworks (Lintrathen Extension) and the Edinburgh Waterworks (Moorfoot Extension).

Mr. Reid was admitted a partner in the firm of J. and A. Leslie in 1881. In the west of Scotland at Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Irvine, Rothesay, Oban, and other places, he constructed water-, drainage- and harbour-works; and at Paisley he carried out the extensive works of the Rye Scheme under the Act of 1881, augmenting the water-supply to that town by 3,000,000 gallons per day. He visited the United States in 1854 to report on a project for utilizing the water-power of the St. Louis River, Minnesota....[more]

1894 Obituary [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1894 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries
  2. The Engineer 1894/03/09, p203.