Walter Montgomerie Neilson

1819 - 1889

Industrialist. Born in Glasgow, the son of James Beaumont Neilson (1792 - 1865) who invented the hot blast furnace and nephew of John Neilson (1779 - 1855) who built the first iron ship on the Clyde. Neilson trained at his uncle John's Oakbank Foundry. He took charge of one of the family companies; namely Neilson & Mitchell in Glasgow which build marine engines, but went on to develop a reputation building railway locomotives, which were exported around the world. He inherited an estate at Queenshill in Dumfries and Galloway from his father. Neilson died in Florence (Italy).

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