On This Day: 1st of August

On this day in 1888:

Professor Barr: range-finder
Archibald Barr, 1891The War Office required that a rangefinder design had to be submitted to them by 1 August 1888. Encouraged by Lord Kelvin, Barr and Stroud worked quickly on their innovative design and Professor Barr met the deadline.

Births and Deaths

Andrew MelvilleOn this day in 1545
Andrew Melville was born.

Daniel Macauley StevensonOn this day in 1851
Sir Daniel Macaulay Stevenson was born.

Queen AnneOn this day in 1714
Queen Anne died.

Henry RogersOn this day in 1808
Henry Rogers was born.

On this day in 1860
Alexander Gunn Auld was born.

On this day in 1867
William Henry De Wytt was born.

On this day in 1863
Robert Weir was born.

On this day in 1887
Thomas Cleator Garrett was born.

Robert Dinwiddie by Unknown artistOn this day in 1770
Robert Dinwiddie died.

On this day in 1869
George Dunlop was born.

On this day in 1853
William Matthias Griffith was born.

John Forbes Macpherson (photograph from the family)On this day in 1851
John Forbes Macpherson was born.

On this day in 1834
Reverend Robert Morrison died.

On this day in 1875
Adam Gowans Whyte was born.

On this day in 1882
Henry Graeme Anderson was born.

On this day in 1876
Minnie Louise Arthur was born.

On this day in 1879
Thomas James Hill was born.

On this day in 1881
James Moyes was born.

On this day in 1882
Robert Ralston Ness was born.

Frank William SaundersOn this day in 1881
Frank William Saunders was born.

On this day in 1889
William Steele was born.

On this day in 1889
James Stothers was born.

On this day in 1886
David Johnston Wallace was born.

On this day in 1890
Shiekh Fateh Ahmad was born.

William Ebenezer MaitlandOn this day in 1889
William Ebenezer Maitland was born.

On this day in 1790
Matthew Orr died.

Douglas Alexander Bannatyne On this day in 1918
Douglas Alexander Bannatyne died.

On this day in 1893
William Gardner was born.

On this day in 1894
Elsie Jane Ternouth was born.