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Walter Scott Davy

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Walter Scott Davy (1832-1887) of Davy Brothers

One of the executors of Joseph Davy

of the Hematite Iron and Steel Works, Barrow-in-Furness.

1887 Obituary [1]

WALTER SCOTT DAVY was born at Sheffield on 13th February 1832, his father being one of the founders of the firm of Messrs. Davy Brothers, Park Iron Works, Sheffield.

In these works, first as apprentice and subsequently as partner, he acquired a practical knowledge of mechanical engineering; and in later years dealt with the adaptation of machinery to modern requirements, more particularly to the manufacture of Bessemer steel on a large scale.

In 1872, on the conversion of the firm into a company, he became one of the managing directors and also chairman, and took an active part in the erection of some of the largest steel-making plants in various parts of the country.

In 1882 he resigned that position, as well as his connection with the Sheffield Forge and Rolling Mills and the Eckington Collieries, in order to take for three years the management of the Barrow Haematite Steel Works.

On the completion of this engagement, his health having suffered from the anxieties and responsibilities attending it, he returned to Sheffield, and resided there in comparative retirement until his death, which occurred on 18th February 1887, at the age of fifty-five.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1874.

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