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Henry Milnes Rait

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Henry Milnes Rait (1838-1907)

1838 Born in Glasgow, son of David C. Rait, goldsmith[1]

1871 An engineer, lived in Glasgow Barony, with his mother and father[2]

1907 Obituary [3]

HENRY MILNES BAIT was born in Glasgow on 22nd March 1838.

He was educated at the High School of Glasgow, Neuwied-on-the-Rhine, and at Glasgow University.

He served his apprenticeship of five years (1855 to 1860) with Messrs. James Aitken and Co., Cranstonhill Foundry, Glasgow, after which he was sent out by the firm to Russia to fit up the pumping engines for the St. Petersburg Waterworks.

On returning he was employed by them as chief draughtsman, until he went to Greenock to the works of the Greenock Foundry Co.

After being there a year he was appointed superintending engineer of the Compagnie Valery Frêres et Fils, steamship owners at Marseilles, where he remained four years.

Then he became superintending engineer of the Inman Steamship Co., Liverpool, until he returned to Greenock, where he joined Mr. John Scott as managing partner in the Greenock Foundry Co.

In 1871 he became senior partner of the firm of Messrs. Rait and Lindsay, Cranstonhill Foundry, Glasgow, where he had served his apprenticeship, until January 1878. Since then he has been senior partner of the firm of Messrs. Rait and Gardiner, engineers, of London, Millwall, Albert Docks, and Tilbury Docks.

His death took place at his residence in Regent's Park, London, on 2nd May 1907, at the age of sixty-nine.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1878.

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