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Robert Scott Burn

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Robert Scott Burn (1825-1901)

1885 of 0ak Lea, Edgeley Road, near Stockport


1901 Obituary [1]

ROBERT SCOTT BURN was born at Lauder, Scotland, on 14th February 1825.

After serving an apprenticeship with Messrs. Watson, Ross and Co., agricultural and brewing engineers, Main Point Foundry, Edinburgh, he went to America for a short time.

On his return he resided at Stockport, acting as a consulting agricultural engineer.

Subsequently he devoted himself to literary work, and among his earliest productions were "Mechanics and Mechanism," and "The Steam Engine." He also acted for his publishers, Messrs. Ward, Lock and Co., as editor of "The Technical Instructor."

For many years he hood suffered from bronchitis, from which his death took place at his residence in Edinburgh on 31st January 1901, in his seventy-sixth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1881.


1901 Obituary [2]

ROBERT SCOTT BURN died in Edinburgh on January 31, 1901, at the age of seventy-five. He was the author of a large number of technical handbooks, some of which maintained a steady sale during the last thirty-five years. The subjects dealt with included mechanics and mechanism, the steam engine, building construction, and various branches of agriculture. He also wrote several works of a religious character, some of which were issued through the Religious Tract Society.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1881.


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