James Charles Inglis

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James Charles Inglis
James Charles Inglis Vanity Fair 11 March 1908.jpg
"Great Western"
Inglis as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, March 1908
Born 9 September 1851
Died 19 December 1911
Nationality British
Engineering career
Discipline Civil,
Institutions Institution of Civil Engineers (president)

Sir James Charles Inglis (9 September 1851 – 19 December 1911) was a British civil engineer.[1]

Inglis was born in Aberdeen on 9 September 1851.[2][3] He served in the Engineer and Railway Staff Corps, an unpaid volunteer unit of the Volunteer Force which provided technical advice to the British Army. He was appointed a Major in that corps on 24 June 1893, by which time he was also a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).[4] He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel of the Engineer and Railway Staff Corps on 1 April 1908 on the date that it transferred from the disbanded Volunteer Force to the newly raised Territorial Force.[5]

Inglis was elected president of the ICE for the November 1908 to November 1910 session.[6] During his time as president he saw the start of construction of their new headquarters at One Great George Street. Inglis ceremoniously laid the foundation stone for the building in 1910 after placing beneath it copies of the institution's Royal Charter and the Telford, Watt and Stephenson medals awarded by the institution.[7] He was knighted by King George V at St James' Palace on 23 February 1911 by which point he was the General Manager of the Great Western Railway.[8] Inglis died on 19 December that year and is buried at Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Cemetery, Hanwell in London.[3][9]


  1. ^ Institution of Civil Engineers (January 1911), Minutes of the Proceedings, doi:10.1680/imotp.1911.16837, retrieved 31 December 2008 
  2. ^ Masterton, Gordon (2005), ICE Presidential Address (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2009, retrieved 3 December 2008 
  3. ^ a b "Image of Grave". Find a Grave. 
  4. ^ "No. 26415". The London Gazette. 23 June 1893. p. 3572. 
  5. ^ "No. 28207". The London Gazette. 22 December 1908. p. 9758. 
  6. ^ Watson 1988, p. 252.
  7. ^ Watson 1988, p. 63.
  8. ^ "No. 28469". The London Gazette. 24 February 1911. p. 1462. 
  9. ^ London Independent Photography Ealing Group, Ealing In A Different Light, retrieved 2 January 2009 


Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
William Matthews
President of the Institution of Civil Engineers
November 1908 – November 1910
Succeeded by
Alexander Siemens