MR. MAVOR is a son of the late Rev. James Mavor, M.A., and was born in Glasgow in 1863. He received his education at Pollokshields Academy and Glasgow University, and after a mechanical training in engineering works in the city, he spent several years with Messrs. Crompton & Co., of London and Chelmsford. During his engagement with them he was associated with much of the pioneer work in electric lighting in various parts of Britain and Ireland. In 1887 he went to the Far East as a naval engineer in the Japanese Government service on board the protected cruiser Takachiho Kan, the vessel which afterwards distinguished herself at the sinking of the Russian warships Variag and Rurik and in saving six hundred of the latter's crew. On his return from Japan he joined the staff of his brother's firm of Muir & Mavor, electrical engineers, Glasgow, and later became a partner of the business under its new title of Mavor & Coulson. He has travelled extensively, having journeyed on business or pleasure in every country of Europe and in many outside of it. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and of other scientific and technical societies, and is author of numerous papers on geographical and technical subjects.
Index of Glasgow Men (1909)