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Ralph Elliot (c1840 -1874) Associate of the Inst Civil Engineers

Died 1874 aged 34


1875 Obituary [1]

MR. RALPH ELLIOT, the eldest son of Sir George Elliot, Bart., M.P., M. Inst. C.E., was educated at the High School, Edinburgh, and, as a member of the firm of Messrs. Glass, Elliot and Company, had an active share in the development of submarine telegraphy.

In the early days of the laying of submarine cables he accompanied the principal expeditions, and the first submarine lines between Malta and Alexandria, in the Baltic Sea, and elsewhere, were laid under his observation and partial superintendence.

After the firm of Glass, Elliot and Company was merged into the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company, he accepted a seat at the board of the latter company; and also entered into partnership with his father for the manufacture of wire ropes for other than telegraphic purposes. In this latter firm, which is well known as George Elliot and Company, he was the managing partner from its commencement until his death, at the age of thirty-four, at Cape Town, while on a tour round the world for the benefit of his health.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 9th of January, 1866.


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