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William Pollock

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William Pollock (1864-1895)


1896 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM POLLOCK, born on the 27th July, 1864, was educated at Glasgow University.

He then served a pupilage of five years first to Mortimer Evans, and subsequently to Thomas D. Weir, and in 1886-87 he was employed by Mr. Weir on the construction of the Keppel Pier and on work in connection with the Glasgow Central Railway.

In 1888 he entered the service of Johnstone and Rankine, of Glasgow, and remained with them as principal assistant till the summer of 1893. During that period he was engaged on work for the Glasgow Corporation Tramways and the Highland Railway Company; the construction of private railways; and the valuation of extensive colliery and other undertakings.

In May, 1893, Mr. Pollock entered the service of Murdoch Paterson, under whom he was engaged on the extension of the Highland Railway from Strome Ferry to the Kyle of Lochalsh, a rugged and difficult country, and subsequently acted as Resident Engineer on the construction of the western section of the line, including the deep-water pier at Kyle.

In 1894, however, Mr. Pollock's health failed, and it was apparent that he was suffering from consumption. He was taken to Edinburgh, where he died on the 17th October, 1895. Mr. Pollock was an excellent draughtsman and very correct in his work, while all who were brought into contact with him appreciated his kindly disposition.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 1st April, 1890



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