Biography of William Cross Buchanan
William Cross Buchanan matriculated at the University in 1840, taking a class in Latin. He was the eldest son of John, Esquire, an West Indie merchant of Auchintoshan, Dumbarton.
Buchanan became a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), and travelled to Chile and Mexico. He was involved in the Southern railway of Chile (ICE report 'Description of the Southern Railway of Chile', 1866); and in 1867 he was appointed a director on the project to build the Mexican railway (ICE report 'Description of the Mexican Railway' 1873).
Buchanan died at London on 15 June 1891, aged 65.