Andrew Lamb (1803-1881) was born in Leith. He came to Southampton in about 1841 to work for P&O and became their Superintendent Engineer, designing engines and also making improvements to ship building and life boat design. In 1861 he became the first chair of the amalgamated Isle of Wight Steam Packet Co and Red Funnel Steamers. In 1871 he became the chair of the publishing company producing the Southampton Times. He was also a JP and alderman. He built St Andrew's Villa off Brunswick Place, and gave the land next to the house as the site for St Andrew's Church, for which he also raised funds. The flags of the Isle of Wight steamers were lowered to half-mast at the news of his death.
The Lamb Memorial Hall (1884) commemorates him.
Newspaper clippings (available online or from the Local Studies Library):
Death of Mr. Andrew Lamb, J.P. (Southampton Times 02/04/1881, and other issues?)
Death of Mr. Andrew Lamb - (Hampshire Independent 30/03/1881)
Funeral of Mr. A. Lamb, J.P. - (Hampshire Independent 06/04/1881)
Article on Lamb - (Southern Evening Echo 21/01/1983). Useful survey of his life. Also includes a later update about his son (Andrew Simon Lamb).
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