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Peter Boyd Eassie

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Peter Boyd Eassie (1835-1875), Engineer of Gloucester.

1859 of the West Cornwall Railway.[1]

1875 June 26th. Died.

1876 Obituary [2]

PETER BOYD EASSIE was born at Lochee, Forfarshire, on 17th April 1835.

He was for some years partner with his father, Mr. William Eassie, and his brother, railway contractors and proprietors of the Railway Saw Mills, Gloucester, and was latterly manager of the same concern under the firm of William Eassie and Co.

He carried out many successful railway and other contracts, involving difficult cases of practical engineering, in which peculiar machinery had to be invented by him; and among his many successful inventions were an elliptograph, a frictional steam hammer in use in Scotland so constructed that several steam hammers can be driven by one engine, an improved swing saw, and a self-acting steam pile-driver, adopted by the Admiralty at Chatham and Portsmouth, of which he gave a description to the Institution in 1867 (see Proceedings Inst. M. E. 1867 page 255).

He was the author of a work upon "Wood and its uses," which met with an extensive circulation in this country and America; and he had lately completed a pamphlet on the wages question, embodying much original thought.

His death, which was entirely traceable to overwork, took place on 26th June 1875, at the age of 40.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1859, at which time he was engaged upon the construction of the Cornwall Railway.

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