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William McNeil

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William McNeil (1867-1913)

1914 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM McNEIL was born at Renfrew on 19th November 1867.

He was educated at the Renfrew Grammar School and the Clydebank Public School.

In 1881 he commenced an apprenticeship of six years with Messrs. James and George Thomson, engineers and shipbuilders, Clydebank, and passed through the various shops and drawing office. During this time he also attended evening classes at the Glasgow Technical School.

In 1887 he joined the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company at Rangoon, and for seventeen years had charge of all types of boilers, engines, machinery, and shipbuilding. Hi returned to England in 1904, and joined the firm of F. C. Macdonald and Co., Ltd., as director and inspecting engineer.

Subsequently, in March 1911, he started in business on his own account as Wm. McNeil and Co., Ltd., engineers and export agents.

His death took place in Glasgow on 18th February 1913, at the age of forty-five.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1912.

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