The Institution of
Engineers in Scotland was established for the encouragement and
advancement of Engineering Science and Practice, to facilitate the
exchange of information and ideas amongst its members and to place on
record the results of experience elicited in discussion.
It owes its origin, in a great measure, to the very successful meeting
held in Glasgow, in 1856, by the “Institution of Mechanical Engineers”
of Birmingham; the great utility and probable success of a similar
Institution holding its meetings in Glasgow, the chief seat of practical
mechanics in Scotland, being at the time strongly impressed upon several
Engineers residing in and near Glasgow, who held a few preliminary
meetings, succeeded by a general one on 1st May, 1857, which was
numerously attended, and at which a constitution was decided upon, and
office-bearers were elected for the First Session, 1857-58.
The great accession of members, the numerous papers read, the very
excellent attendance at the meetings, and the well-sustained discussions
rendered interesting by the exchange of valuable information—during the
First Session, placed the success of the Institution beyond doubt.
At the termination of the Session in April last, the Institution
numbered one hundred and eighteen members, one associate, and eight
graduates, and numerous additions are expected early in the Second
Eight meetings were held during the Session, and at these as many as
twenty-one papers were read, on various subjects .connected with the
objects of the Institution. Each paper was followed by a discussion on
the subject of which it treated, and there were in addition two
discussions (on Decimal Measures), not preceded by papers.
Glasgow, August, 1858.
I have found 4 volumes of
their transactions and am making them available below.