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Henry Melville Napier

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Full name  Henry Melville Napier
Place of birth  Glasgow, Scotland
Date of birth  (1854-05-02)2 May 1854
Notable relative(s)  Ian Napier, son
Date of death  18 December 1940(1940-12-18)
Place of death  Bowling, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Died  18 December 1940, Bowling, United Kingdom

Henry Melville Napier (02 May 1854 - 18 December 1940) was a Scottish rugby union international who represented Scotland in the 1876–77 Home Nations rugby union matches, 1877–78 Home Nations rugby union matches, 1878–79 Home Nations rugby union matches and 1879–80 Home Nations rugby union matches. Napier was also a noted engineer and shipbuilder.

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Rugby union

Napier played as a forward for Glasgow University RFC and West of Scotland. Although he gained his district cap while with the university, he gained his Scotland caps while with West of Scotland.

He represented Glasgow District against Edinburgh District in the 5 December 1874 match.

Shipbuilding

Napier was an engineer and shipbuilder.

As a founder of Napier and Miller, a shipbuilding firm based first at Yoker, Glasgow - though then part of West Dunbartonshire - in 1898; then moving to Old Kilpatrick, West Dunbartonshire in 1906.

The company built over 120 ships including warships for the British Navy and passenger ships for the USA and Canada. It also assembled RAF BE2 biplanes. The company went bust in 1931 during the Great Depression.

Family

Henry Napier's son Ian Napier was a Scottish World War 1 flying ace.

References

Henry Melville Napier Wikipedia


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