John Inglis (shipbuilder)
John Inglis (1842 in Glasgow – 1919) was an engineer and shipbuilder who managed the well-known shipyard A. & J. Inglis in Pointhouse Glasgow, which had been set up by his father Anthony Inglis and his uncle John Inglis.
John Inglis left school at the age of 14 years and entered Glasgow University where, although his objective was engineering science, he studied the Arts. He gained high distinctions in Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Engineering Science. On completion of his academic studies he then was apprenticed as an engineer in the shipyard of his father and uncle, just like any other candidate for an engineering profession. To prepare himself for the foreseeable managing role he moved from department to department, from machine shop to drawing office, from moulding loft to building yard, and gained experience in all aspects of the business.
He was skilled and very keen yachtsman and applied his knowledge to the company's yacht design. The yachts designed and built by A. & J. Inglis were leading the field. The shipyard became famous by building the British Royal Yacht Alexandra and the Egyptian Royal Yacht SS Safra El-Bahr and consequently the Khedive of Egypt conferred on him the award of Commander of the Order of Osmanieh.
Glasgow University gave him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, and the Institution of Engineers & Shipbuilders in Scotland elected him as their President in 1893. In 1900 the Institute of Marine Engineers conferred upon him the same honour. He was also selected of Lord Goschen’s Naval Boilers Committee and was a Director of the North British Railway Company along with several other honorable appointments.
- Angus Mac Kinnon:Messrs. A. & J. Inglis of Pointhouse - Shipbuilders and Engineers