John Robinson McClean
John Robinson McClean
|Born||21 March 1813|
|Died||13 July 1873(aged 60)|
|Education||University of Glasgow|
|Institutions||Institution of Civil Engineers (president)|
|Practice name||South Staffordshire Water Works Company|
|Projects||South Staffordshire Railway, Suez Canal|
Whilst still young, he offered himself as candidate for the Office of Engineer to the Belfast Harbour Commissioners, but was refused. Upon leaving the Board Room, he said to Mr Edmund Getty, (an old family friend) “that he would let the Commissioners yet see what a man they had lost”.
With his partner, Francis Croughton Stileman, he founded McClean & Stileman, engineering consultants of Great George St, Westminster. Some of his positions were:
- Advisor on the Suez Canal for the British Government.
- Extensive works for Emperor Napoleon in France.
- Chief Engineer of the Plymouth and Dover Harbours.
- Chairman of the Anglo-American Telegraph Company.
- Chief Engineer overseeing construction of the South Staffordshire Railway, which opened in 1849.
After an Act of Parliament was passed to allow it, he took a 25-year lease on the railway, thus becoming the first person ever to be the sole owner of a railway. With the financial backing of several businessmen, he planned and built "The South Staffordshire Water Works Company" which piped fresh water to all of the Black Country. He was also the owner, with partner Richard Chawner, of "The Cannock Chase Colliery Company".
He died in 1873 aged 60, and is buried with his wife Anna, on the edge of the main path at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
He was married to Anna (1813–1877). They had five daughters and one son, Frank McClean.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for East Staffordshire
With: Michael Arthur Bass
Samuel Allsopp and
Michael Arthur Bass
|Professional and academic associations|
| President of the Institution of Civil Engineers
December 1863 – December 1865