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William McCowan (c1838-1900)
1900 Obituary 
WILLIAM MCCOWAN died in March 1900 at his residence, Roseneath, Whitehaven, at the age of sixty-two years, after an illness of about two months' duration.
He was chairman of the Whitehaven Haematite Iron and Steel Company; of the Distington Iron Company; of the Moss Bay Iron and Steel Company; and a director of the Elliscales Mining Company; of the Cleator and Workington Junction Railway Company; and of the Barrow Saltworks Company.
He took a leading part in the industrial, political, and social affairs of West Cumberland, and was a Justice of the Peace for the county.
He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1884, and regularly attended its meetings.