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Robert Wyllie

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Robert Wyllie (1850-1886) See Robert Wylie

Manager, Thomas Richardson and Sons, Hartlepool Iron Works, Hartlepool.

1886 Obituary [1]

ROBERT WYLLIE, son of Mr. James Wyllie, farmer, of Border, Saltcoats, was born on 25th March 1850.

After being educated at a local school, he assisted his father for a short time on his farm, but soon afterwards became an apprentice in the engineering department of Messrs. Randolph and Elder's works, Govan.

Devoting his evenings to the study of mechanics and mathematics, he passed rapidly through the practical and theoretical departments of the business, and was after wards appointed assistant manager of the engineering works at Fairfield, where he gained a thorough mastery of the principles and practice of marine engineering.

In 1882 he became the general manager for Messrs. Thomas Richardson and Sons of the Hartlepool Engine Works, Hartlepool. Here be carried out suck extensive alterations as enabled the works to compete successfully with the Clyde engineers in the highest class of marine engineering. Having devoted much attention to the application of the triple-expansion principle to marine engines, he had at the time of his death joist completed a paper on the subject for this Institution.

His death took place on 21st July 1886, at the age of thirty-six, from injuries sustained in an accident on 18th June, through the failure of the sheer-legs employed in the shipment of some marine boilers at the Hartlepool docks.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1883.

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