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George Rollo (c1853-1935) of David Rollo and Sons and later Grayson, Rollo and Clover Docks

c1853 Born in Glasgow the son of David Rollo

1871 Living at 59 Balliol Road, Walton on the Hill, Lancs: David Rollo (age 50 born Scotland), Engineer. With his wife Mary Rollo (age 46 born Scotland) and their three children; George Rollo (age 17 born Scotland), Apprentice Engineer; Malcolm Rollo (age 11 born Liverpool); Catherine Rollo (age 8 born Liverpool). Two visitors. One servant.[1]

1935 Obituary.[2]

BRITISH shipowners and their marine engineers will learn with regret. of the death of Mr. George Rollo, the former head of the Liverpool engineering firm of David Rollo and Sons. Mr. Rollo, who died on Friday, August 2nd, at his home, ·The Park," Waterloo, Liverpool, was in his eighty-third year.

He was born in Glasgow, and was the eldest son of the late Mr. David Rollo, of Glasgow and Liverpool, who founded the Liverpool firm of David Rollo and Sons.

Mr. George Rollo served his apprenticeship as an engineer, and worked in Liverpool, Stockton-on-Tees, and in Glasgow, with various marine and general engineering firms.

In 1877 he became a partner with his father in the business of David Rollo and Sons at the Fulton Engine Works, Liverpool.

On the death of Mr. David Rollo, senior partner, and at the close of the war, the firm became a limited company and Mr. Rollo's son, Lieut.-Colonel George Rollo, was appointed its managing director. Some nine years later the engineering business was amalgamated with the ship-repairing business of H. C. Grayson, Ltd., under the title of Grayson, Rollo and Clover Docks, Ltd., and Mr. George Rollo ceased to take an active part in the business. He was well known in Lancashire and his death will be regretted by many friends.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. [The Engineer 1935/08/09]]