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Robert Cooper Sinclair

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Robert Cooper Sinclair (1825-1892)

1825 Born Atherstone, son of John Sinclair, resident engineer of the Coventry Canal, and his wife Eleanor.

1857 Engineer of Temple Buildings, Birmingham.[1]

1893 Obituary [2]

ROBERT COOPER SINCLAIR was born at Hartshill, near Atherstone, Warwickshire, on 25th August 1825.

He was educated for an engineer in the works of Messrs. Thornewill and Warham, Burton-on-Trent; and also by his father, who for nearly fifty years was resident engineer of the Coventry Canal; and he remained with him at Atherstone as assistant until 1857, when he opened an office in Birmingham for general practice as a consulting engineer.

At the same time he was engaged in developing the Tame Valley Colliery at Wilnecote, near Tamworth.

On his father's death in 1863 he was appointed his successor as engineer of the Coventry Canal. This position he held till 1879, and in addition carried out much other work in connection with gas engineering at Leamington, Coventry, and Dudley.

He then removed to London, and became largely employed in brewery engineering at Wolverhampton, Burton-on-Trent, and other places.

In 1892 he was about to proceed to South Africa as a contractor's engineer, but was prevented by ill-health.

His death took place in London on 5th October 1893, at the ago of sixty-eight, after a painful illness of some months.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1857.

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