Johnston, George (1855)

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Johnston, George (1855) Gender: M
born on 3 August 1855 at 20:45 (= 8:45 PM )
Place West Linton, Scotland, 55n46, 3w22
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wright
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 10°53' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 28°02 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 00°44'


Scottish locomotive engineer and pioneer automobile engineer.

In 1894 Johnston was commissioned by the City of Glasgow to build an experimental steam tram-car to replace the horse trams. When it was having a final test before a Corporation committee it took fire and it was abandoned.

Johnston's attention was then turned to a detailed examination of continental makes of motor car. He came to the conclusion that he could design and make a better vehicle than any of them and in particular a better engine. The first British-built motor car was thus conceived and by the end of 1895 was ready for financial backing. Johnston formed a joint venture with Sir William Arrol, an engineer of the Forth Bridge to form the Mo-Car Syndicate Limited, which was to produce his car. Sir William's main interest in the business was as the financial backer.

Difficult to work with, Johnston departed the Arrol-Johnston company in 1903 after it had been restructured financially, as a result of a disagreement. He spent his later life manufacturing mining equipment.

He died in 1945

Link to Wikipedia

Source Notes

Paul Wright quotes birth record


  • Traits : Personality : Difficult/ mean spirited
  • Vocation : Engineer : Industrial
  • Vocation : Engineer : Mechanical