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James Morrison Gale

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James Morrison Gale

James Morrison Gale (1830-1905) was a hydraulic engineer and Water Engineer for the City of Glasgow.

Born in Ayr, Gale came to Glasgow as a youth to work with his elder brother William on the design and construction of Gorbals Water Works. In 1857 he assisted John F Bateman in the construction of Loch Katrine Water Works and when this was completed in 1859 he was appointed Water Engineer for the city, a post he held until his retirement due to ill-health in 1902.

Demand for water increased with the city's population and Gale presided over a considerable expansion of the water supply system, with a second aqueduct and a new reservoir at Craigmaddie. The intake of water from Loch Katrine was thereby trebled from the original 20 million gallons per day. In recognition of his achievements Gale was elected President of the Institution of Shipbuilders and Engineers in Scotland.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 920.04 BAI

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

Keywords:
aqueducts, Gorbals Water Works, hydraulic engineers, Institution of Shipbuilders and Engineers in Scotland, Loch Katrine Scheme, Loch Katrine Water Works, reservoirs, water engineers, water supply



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