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Robert Nicoll Angus

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Robert Nicholl Angus (1811-1875)

1862 Robert Angus, Locomotive Superintendent, North Staffordshire Railway, Stoke-on-Trent.[1]

1875 Died on July 10th.[2]

1876 Obituary [3]

ROBERT NICOLL ANGUS was born on 6th January 1811 at Blebo Craigs, near Cupar, Fifeshire; and at the age of fourteen was apprenticed to Mr. David Fernie, engineer and millwright, Cupar, with whom he remained nine years.

He then went to Glasgow for three years, in order to gain further experience; and next entered the service of Messrs. Bury Curtis and Kennedy, Clarence Foundry, Liverpool, remaining with them eight years; during this time he was engaged principally in the construction of locomotive engines, a large number of which he took out to the principal railways in England and Scotland, and at the opening of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway he drove the first engine from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

He then became Locomotive Superintendent of the Preston and Wyre Railway, which position he held for four years, until his appointment as Locomotive Superintendent of the North Staffordshire Railway; there he remained until his death, a period of twenty-eight years, during the latter portion of which he designed and made a large number of useful machines for economising labour in the construction and repairing of locomotive engines.

He died on 10th July 1875, in the 65th year of his age.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1862.

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