Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Jopp
Designation: Engineer
Born: 1820
Died: 1 April 1895
Bio Notes: Charles Jopp was born in Aberdeen in 1820 (christened on 24 July), the son of Andrew Jopp and Margaret Abercrombie. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and Edinburgh University, and was subsequently articled to railway engineer John Miller of Leithen for six years, remaining as principal assistant. Whilst in Miller's office he was in charge of much of the construction of the original North British Railway network, the Stirling and Dunfermline, the Devon Valley, and the Forth and Clyde Junction Railways. On Miller's retirement in 1850 he became Chief Engineer to the North British Railway Company. Latterly he was also associated with several railway schemes in Switzerland. He was frequently called to give evidence in Court of Session cases relating to the railways. He joined the Institution of Civil Engineers in the late 1850s.

As a young man Jopp was a keen sportsman, particularly fond of hunting with hounds. He supported philanthropic efforts and was a committed member of the Episcopal Church, serving for some years as a vestryman of St Paul's Edinburgh, and later as a vestryman of St Baldred's, North Berwick.

He died on 1 April 1895, leaving estate of 38,751 12s 11d. He was survived by his wife Janet (Jessie) Alexander, three sons and two daughters. One of his sons, Charles A Jopp, followed him into the civil engineering profession.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this engineer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 33, Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)   
Item 2 of 315, Eglinton Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)   
Item 3 of 330, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3John Millerc. 1841c. 1847Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3John Millerc. 18471850Chief Assistant 
Item 3 of 3North British Railway Company1850 Chief Engineer 

Buildings and Designs

This engineer was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 31862Shankend Railway ViaductCavers RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 2 of 31865Leaderfoot ViaductLeaderfoot BerwickshireScotland 
Item 3 of 31866Waverley Station, hotel and market scheme  EdinburghScotlandWon competition (350 premium)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this engineer:
Item 1 of 2Johnston, W T Scottish Engineers and Shipbuilders   
Item 2 of 2Stevenson, C A1895The Late Charles Jopp, civil engineer Edinburgh Academy Chronicle, May 1895, II, no 7, p78 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this engineer:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Engineer1895v79 p326
Item 2 of 2Engineering1895v59 p510