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David Mclay

Resident Engineer
Birthplace Falkirk Polmont Scotland Date of Birth: April 2, 1885


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): David McLay. 

Gender: Male. 

Date and Place of Birth: Possibly 2nd April 1885, Polmont. 

Date and Place of Death: Possibly before 1939 – See Dictionary of Scottish Architects – DSA Architect Biography Report (November 23, 2021, 12:30 pm) 

Nationality: Scottish. 




Childhood: David grew up in Lanarkshire or Ayrshire.  

Parents: Father: Geroge McLay and Mother: Margaret McLay. 

Parent’s occupations:  Father – Journeyman/Engineer. 

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance:  Glasgow High School, Royal Technical School Glasgow, and University of Glasgow. 

Occupation: Engineer.   

Place of residence at Gretna: N/A.  

Job title at Gretna: Resident Engineer, Dornock Station, September 1915 to April 1916. 

Marital status: Either 1906 or 1916. Please see associated wedding certificates. 

Children: Unsure – Dundee Courier, 14th June 1930 mentions ‘children.’ 

Travels: Canada, India, Mesopotamia, Middle East, and Singapore.  


Trivia / any other information:  

Joined Royal Engineers at Chatham in April 1916 before serving in 67th Field Company 2nd (Queen Victoria’s Own) Sappers and Miners in India and Mesopotamia between October 1916 and 1919. Retired in 1919 as a Captain.  

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