Death Of A Noted Edinburgh Gunmaker
|Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh|
(courtesy Richard Brown)
The father of Scottish volunteering has passed away in the person of Mr. Alexander Henry, of Edinburgh, the famous gun inventor. Mr. Henry began his apprenticeship in firearms in his seventeenth year, and by 1859 had invented the barrel of the Martini-Henry rifle, which arm has recently been discarded by the British army in favour of the magazine rifle. Like many successful inventors, he had to wait long before the official mind at the War Office awoke to the utility of his invention, and it was not until 1874 that the rifle was first issued to the British army. The North-Eastern Daily Gazette, Middlesbrough, England, 3 February 1894
Mr Alexander Henry, gunmaker, whose name is known to all who have heard of the Martini-Henry rifle, died in Edinburgh on January 27, aged 76. He is said to have, been the father of the volunteer movement in Scotland, and he himself served as a volunteer for 30 years. He invented the rifle barrel which bears his name in 1859, but it was not till 1871 that it was adopted by the British Government in connection with the Martini breach action. The new rifle was first served out to the British Army in 1874, and gradually replaced the Snider rifle. Mr Henry also invented a complete rifle, which was adopted by the Government of New South Wales. He sat in the Town Council from 1876 to 1885, was a justice of the peace, and an active Freemason. He leaves a family consisting of two sons and three daughters. Otago Daily Times, New Zealand, 24 March 1894
THE ESTATE OF ALEXANDER HENRY
The Scotch confirmation of the trust deed of settlement, dated October 22, 1890, of the late Mr Alexander Henry, gub and rifle manufacturer, 12 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh, of Martini-Henry rifle fame, who died on January 27 last, has been sealed at the principal Probate Registry, and administration granted to the executors. The value of the personality in England, Scotland, and Ireland was sworn at £11,964 13s 2d.
Evening Telegraph (Angus, Scotland) - Friday 01 June 1894