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Robert Baird Kennedy (1853-1900)
1900 Obituary 
ROBERT BAIRD KENNEDY was born at Ayr on 17th November 1853, and was educated at Ayr Newton Academy.
He served his apprenticeship from 1868 to 1873 at Messrs. J. and T. Young's marine-engine works, Vulcan Foundry, Ayr; and on its completion remained with the firm for a year as junior draughtsman.
From 1874 to 1876 he was assistant manager to his father at the plumbing trade in Glasgow. He next went to sea as engineer until 1886, when he was appointed assistant superintendent and surveyor to Messrs. Esplen and Son, consulting engineers and naval architects, of Liverpool.
In 1891 he became outside manager to Messrs. J. and E. Hall, refrigerating engineers, of Dartford, and in 1892 he commenced business on his own account at Grimsby as consulting engineer, surveyor, and refrigerating expert.
In 1898 he removed to Middlesbrough, where he started a steam laundry.
His death took place at Middlesbrough on 21st June 1900, in his forty-seventh year.
He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1895.