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Robert Irvine (1824-1903)

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Robert Irvine (1824-1903) of R. Irvine and Co

c.1824 Born in Glasgow, Scotland[1]

c.1845 in Scotland when his son Robert was born

c.1849 in Dublin when his daughter Janet was born

1861 Robert Irvine 37, superintendent of West Hartlepool Harbour Machinery Co, lived in Hartlepool with Agnes Irvine 38, David Irvine 3, Janet Irvine 13, Wilmaund Irvine 5, and his sister Margaret Irvine 30[2]

1871 Robert Irvine 47, iron ship builder, lived in Hartlepool with Agnes Irvine 49, Robert Irvine 25, Janet Irvine 22[3]

1881 Living at Orchard House, Church Street, Hartlepool: Robt. Irvine (age 57 born Glasgow), Ship Builder. With his wife Agnes Irvine (age 62 born Kilmarnock) and their three children; Minnie Irvine (age 25 born Newcastle-upon-Tyne); David Irvine (age 22 born Hartlepool), Marine Architect; and Charlie Irvine (age 19 born Hartlepool), Marine Architect. Three servants.[4]

1903 A shipowner when he died[5]


1903 Obituary.[6]

...born in Port Glasgow and he was in his early life connected with the British and Irish Navigation Co...In 1856 he undertook the superintendency of the West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Company. Upon the amalgamation of the West Hartlepool Harbour and Railway Company with the North Eastern Railway Company Mr. Irvine leased the latter company's harbour dockyard and founded the shipbuilding firm of Messrs. R. Irvine and Co. This business he handed over to his sons in 1887 and a few years ago it was acquired by the present Irvine's Shipbuilding and Dry Docks Co...


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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. 1861 census
  3. 1871 census
  4. 1881 Census
  5. National probate calendar
  6. The Engineer 1903 Jan-Jun: Index: Miscellaneous