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The Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland is a professional body for engineers and shipbuilders in Scotland.



The inaugural meeting of the Institution of Engineers in Scotland was held on 1 May 1857. Office bearers were appointed and the principal objective of the new Institution was set down as "the encouragement and advancement of Engineering Science and Practice". It was to have a broad basis for membership, and engineers from the mining, foundry, railway, iron, shipbuilding and other industries were to be eligible. The prime movers behind the founding of the Institution were William John Macquorn Rankine, Regius Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Glasgow, and Walter M. Neilson, one of the major figures in establishing Glasgow's locomotive-building industry. Rankine was the first President of the Institution and Neilson succeded him in 1859. The engineer James Howden, who died in 1913, was the last surviving founding member of the Institution.[1]

The Institution was an early promoter of consiousness of industrial effects on the environment. In those early years there was a pervading atmosphere of enquiry into the applications of steam power. In 1858 the Institution was responsible for a public meeting, held in the Glasgow City Chambers, to establish "An Association for Promoting Safety, Economy and Absence of Smoke in the raising and use of Steam".

The Scottish Shipbuilders Association had been formed in 1860 and amalgamated with the IES on 25 October 1865. The current name of the Institution was adopted in 1870.


The following is a list of the presidents of the Institution since its inception:

1857-59 WILLIAM JOHN MACQUORN RANKINE, LL.D., F.R.S.E., FR.S., Regius Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Glasgow University.

1859-61 WALTER MONTGOMERIE NEILSON, Hyde Park Locomotive Works, Glasgow.

1861-63 WILLIAM JOHNSTONE, Resident Engineer. Glasgow and South Western Railway. Glasgow.

1863-65 JAMES ROBERT NAPIER, Engineer and Shipbuilder. Glasgow.

1865-67 JAMES GRAY LAWRIE, Engineer and Shipbuilder. Glasgow.

1867-69 JAMES MORRIS GALE, Engineer, Glasgow Corporation Water Works.

1869-70 #1 WILLIAM JOHN MACQUORN RANKINE, LL.D., F.R.S.E., F.R.S., Regius Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Glasgow University

1870-72 DAVID ROWAN, Marine Engineer, Glasgow.

1872-74 ROBERT DUNCAN, Shipbuilder, Port Glasgow.

1874-76 HAZELTON ROBSON, Marine Engineer, Glasgow.

1876-78 ROBERT BRUCE BELL, Civil Engineer, Glasgow.

1878-80 ROBERT MANSEL, Shipbuilder, Glasgow.

1880-82 JOHN LENNOX KINCAID JAMIESON, Marine Engineer, Glasgow.

1882-84 JAMES REID, Hyde Park Locomotive Works, Glasgow.

1884-86 JAMES THOMSON, LL.D., F.R.S., Regius Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Glasgow University.

1886-87 WILLIAM DENNY, Shipbuilder, Dumbarton.

1887-89 ALEXANDER CARNEGIE KIRK, LL.D., Marine Engineer, Glasgow.

1889-91 EBENEZER KEMP, Marine Engineer, Glasgow.

1891-93 ROBERT DUNDAS, Resident Engineer, Southern Division, Caledonian Railways, Glasgow.

1893-95 JOHN INGLIS, LL.D., Engineer and Shipbuilder, Glasgow.

1895-97 SIR WILLIAM ARROL, LL.D., M.P., Engineer and Bridge Builder, Glasgow.

1897-99 GEORGE RUSSELL, Mechanical Engineer, Motherwell.

1899-01 ROBERT CAIRD, LL.D., F.R.S.E., Shipbuilder, Greenock.

1901-03 WILLIAM FOULTS, Engineer, Glasgow Corporation Gas Works.

1903-05 SIR ARCHIBALD DENNY, BT., LL.D., Shipbuilder, Dumbarton.

1905-07 JAMES GILCHRIST, Marine Engineer, Glasgow.

1907-09 JOHN WARD, Shipbuilder, Glasgow.

1909-10 CHARLES PULLAR HOGG, Civil Engineer, Glasgow.

1910-11 ARCHIBALD BARR, LL.D., D.Sc., Regius Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Glasgow University.

1911-13 EBENEZER HALL-BROWN, Marine Engineer, Glasgow.

1913-15 ROBERT THOMAS MOORE, D.Sc., Civil and Mining Engineer, Glasgow.

1915-17 WILLIAM WALKER LACKIE, C.B.E., Engineer and Manager, Glasgow Corporation Electricity Works.

1917-19 ALEXANDER CLEGHORN, Marine Engineer, Glasgow.

1919-21 THOMAS BLACKWOOD MURRAY, D.Sc., Automobile Engineer, Glasgow.

1921-23 HAROLD EDGAR YARROW, C.B.E., Engineer and Shipbuilder, Glasgow.

1923-25 JAMES HOWDEN HUME, Marine Engineer, Glasgow.

1925-27 ARCHIBALD JACK CAMPBELL, Shipbuilder, Dalmuir.

1927-29 RALPH DAVID MOORE, B.Sc., Steel Founder, Glasgow.

1929-31 COL. SIR JAMES LITHGOW, BT., M.C., D.L., Shipbuilder, Port Glasgow.

1931-33 ARCHJBALD GILCHRIST, O.B.E., Marine Engineer, Glasgow.

1933-35 JOHN DEWAR CORMACK, C.M.G., CB.E., D.Sc., Regius Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Glasgow University.

1935-37 PERCY ARCHJBALD HILLHOUSE, D.Sc., Professor of Naval Architecture, Glasgow University.

1937-39 ALFRED CHARLES GARDNER, F.R.S.E., Engineer, Clyde Navigation Trust, Glasgow.

1939-41 WIILFRID AYRE, Shipbuilder, Burntisland.

1941-43 FREDERICK CHARLES STEWART, Engineer, Glasgow.

1943-45 A. MURRAY STEPHEN, M.C., B.A., Shipbuilder, Glasgow.

1945-47 ALLAN STEVENSON, CB.E., Marine Engineer, Glasgow.

1947-49 JAMES M. McNEILL, M.C., LL.D., Naval Architect, Clydebank.

1949-51 GILBERT COOK, D.Sc., F.R.S., Regius Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Glasgow University.

1951-52 SIR ANDREW MCCANCE, D.L., D.Sc., LL.D., F.R.S., Metallurgist, Glasgow.

1952-54 SIR WILLIAM WALLACE, C.B.E., F.R.S.E., Mechanical Engineer, Edinburgh.

1954-56 ANDREW McCANCE ROBB, D.Sc., John Elder Professor of Naval Architecture, Glasgow University.

1956-57 SIR HAROLD E. YARROW, BT., C.B.E., LL.D., Engineer and Shipbuilder, Glasgow.

1957-59 JAMES SMALL, D.Sc., PH.D., James Watt Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Glasgow University.

1959-61 JOHN BROWN, B.Sc., Naval Architect, Clydebank.

1961-63 IAIN MAXWELL STEWART, B.Sc., Engineer, Glasgow.

1963-65 ADAM SIMPSON TURNBULL THOMSON, D.SC, PH.D., F.R.S.E., Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Royal College of Science and Technology, Glasgow.

1965-67 JAMES LENAGHAN, C.B.E., Shipbuilder, Glasgow.

1967-69 WILLIAM PROUDFOOT WALKER, Naval Architect, Edinburgh.

1969-71 SIR J. W. ATWELL, CB.E., M.Sc., F.R.S.E., Engineer, Glasgow.

1973-73 W. M. CORMIE, C.B.E., B.Sc., Civil Engineer, Glasgow.

1973-75 J. BURTON DAVIES, B.Sc., C.ENG., Naval Architect, Glasgow.

1975-77 A. W. SCOTT, C.B.E., PH.D., B.Sc, C.ENG.

1977-79 W. G. N. GEDDES, CB.E., B.Sc., F.ENG., F.R.S.E., Civil Engineer, Glasgow.

1979-81 B. N. BAXTER, M.Sc., PH.D., C.ENG., Naval Architect, Glasgow.

1981-83 J. A. TURNER, B.Sc., CENG., Mechanical Engineer, Clydebank.

1983-85 A. M. M. STEPHEN, B.A., C.ENG.

1985-87 JOHN RORKE, CB.E., B.Sc., PH.D., F.R.S.E., C.ENG.

1987-89 T. O. LEITH, O.B.E., B.Sc., C.ENG., Mechanical Engineer, Glasgow.

1989-91 PROFESSOR H. C. SIMPSON, B.Sc. SC.D., F.R.S.E .M.I.E.S.

1991-93 I.C. BROADLEY, B.Sc., C.ENG., F.INST.E ., F.I.E.S., Mechanical Engineer. Glasgow.

1993-95 J. NEUMANN, C.B.E.. F.ENG., F.I.E.S., Mechanical Engineer, Glasgow.

1995-97 PROFESSOR D. FAULKNER, WH.Sc., R.C.N.C., PH.D., D.Sc., F.ENG., Naval Architect, Glasgow.

1997-99 SIR ROBERT EASTON, C.B.E., DUniv., F.I.E.S., Shipbuilder, Glasgow.

1999-01 CARLO DINARDO, C.ENG., F.I.E.S., Civil Engineer, Paisley.

2001-01 #2 PROFESSOR DAN KIRKWOOD, B.Sc.(HONS), PH.D., C.ENG., F.I.E.S., Metallurgist, Glasgow.

2001-02 PROFESSOR A SLAVEN, M.A., BLITT, F.R.Hist.S., C.I.E.S.

2002-04 PROFESSOR A SLAVEN, M.A., BLITT, F.R.Hist.S., C.I.E.S.

2004-06 C. F. GORRIE, C.ENG., F.I.E.S.

2006-08 E. CHAMBERS, B.Sc., F.I.E.S.


1. John Elder Shipbuilder, Glasgow, was elected for session 1869-70 but died before taking office 2. Resigned Website of the Institution of Engineers & Shipbuilders in Scotland h

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  1. ^ Day, Lance and McNeil, Ian, Biographical Dictionary of the History of Technology, Vol. 39, London, Routledge, 1988, p. 358, at Biographical Dictionary,, accessed 27 September 2009

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