Sir George Findlay (1829—1893)
Brief Biographical Details
|1829||Born: 18 May at Rainhill.|
Father: George Findlay, stonemason and superintendent of works for George Stephenson.
Mother: Agnes Courtenay, from Ireland.
Education: Halifax Grammar school.
|1843||Began work as an apprentice stonemason on the Halifax Railway.|
|1845||Worked with elder brother under Mr Thomas Brassey on construction of Trent Valley Railway . Worked on Camden Round House and Houses of Parliament.|
|1847||Married first wife : Annie Adamson|
|1847-9||Promoted Chief Inspector of Mining and Brickwork under Mr Thomas Jones, agent to Mr Brassey, working on the North Staffordshire Railway . Promoted Assistant Engineer under Mr Miles Day, also agent to Mr Thomas Brassey.|
|1850||Appointed Engineer for the construction of the Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway by Mr Thomas Brassey.|
|1853||Appointed Manager of the Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway by Mr Thomas Brassey. Worked with the LNWR to supply motive power for the Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway.|
|1862||LNWR and GWR take joint lease of the Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway. Mr Findlay appointed by the LNWR as District Manager for Shropshire and South Wales.|
|1864||Appointed by the LNWR as General Goods Manager, based at Euston.|
|1874||Succeeded Mr William Cawkell as Chief Traffic Manager for the LNWR.|
|1880||Appointed General Manager of the LNWR.|
|1892||Received Knighthood in birthday honours list.|
|1893||Died at Edgware.|
Source ‘The Working and Management of an English Railway’ Fifth Edition, published 1894.