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Famous Scots - William Bow

William Bow

William Bow was a partner in Messrs Bow, M'Lachlan & Co., Ltd., engineers and shipbuilders, Abbotsinch. He had very successful business career . Mr Bow was a native of Paisley, his father being an ironfounder in premises situated in New Sneddon Street. In his younger days he worked in Port-Glasgow and returned starting a business with Mr John M'Lachlan in Bridge Street. They were engaged in the making of steam steering gear, for which they had a patent. The business developed rapidly, and at the time was one of the best known in the country. 

The firm have had a unique record during their long association with the Admiralty and have never had a failure, and during the war they supplied at least 75 percent of the steam steering gear required by the Navy.

He was appointed a life governor of the Technical College and gifted his former residence of Dunscore, Castlehead, to the governors of the Technical College as a residence for their Principal.  He made other valuable contributions to the College.

His interest in the welfare of the townspeople took a practicable form also when the model yachting pond was being constructed at Barshaw Park and he contributed part of the costs. 

Headstone Photograph

Further Information

Firstname: WILLIAM

LastName: BOW

Date of Death: 20th Apr 1927

Age at Death: 71

Cemetery: Woodside Cemetery

  Broomlands Street

Town: Paisley

Region: Glasgow and Clyde Valley

Country: Scotland


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