Alexander Frew


Alexander Frew, civil engineer, was born in Glasgow on 18 December 1847 and died there on 29 November 1910. He studied at Glasgow University, and served his apprenticeship with Thomas Kyle, later Kyle & Frew. He became a partner when his father, John Frew, died in 1869. 1

There is a brief description of Frew's office in the autobiography of the Canadian railway builder P. Turner Bone, who served his apprenticeship there in 1877–82. 2 At that time, there were two partners in the firm – William Dennison and Alexander Frew – plus four qualified assistants, seven apprentices and a book-keeper.


1: Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers, 185, 1911, p. 387.

2: P. Turner Bone, When the Steel Went Through: Reminiscences of a Railroad Pioneer, Toronto: Macmillan Company of Canada Ltd, 1947.