James Blyth

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

James Blyth was born in Marykirk, Kincardineshire back in 1839 to John and Catherine. After graduating from a local parish school, he attended Montrose Academy, then to the University of Edinburgh where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1861. After graduation, he taught mathematics at Morrison’s Academy in Crieff.

He completed his Master of Arts in 1871 when he married Jesse. In 1880, he was appointed Freeland Professor of Natural Philosophy at Anderson’s College in Glasgow. While there he invented something, more on that in a moment. He died from a stroke at his home in Glasgow in 1906, he was 67.

What you may not know about James is that he invented the first wind turbine. His home was the first that used the electricity produced by a windmill. For his invention, he was awarded a UK patent in 1891. He built a second improved turbine which was used to supply emergency power to the Lunatic Asylum, Infirmary and Dispensary of Montrose. That system lasted for 30 years.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray and windmills are an important factor in energy renewal....eventually, we'll see towns being supplied energy from the wind....

Mar 24, 2019 03:32 AM #1
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good Morning,

He died so young...think of what else he could have contributed!

Mar 24, 2019 03:37 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A really intersting read this morning. Thank you.

Mar 24, 2019 04:52 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. He was truly a man ahead of his time. Enjoy your day!

Mar 24, 2019 05:03 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Just goes to show when a good idea comes out it has lasting value to folks.

Mar 24, 2019 06:16 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The Dutch I thought were first but not for electricity!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 24, 2019 06:47 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wind is such a powerful source of energy when it is harnessed, we should definitely be using more of these natural energy sources in our world.

Mar 24, 2019 07:31 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - harnessing our natural resources for more effective living might be considered somewhat "radical" today if you speak to some people.  

Mar 24, 2019 09:14 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Interesting post on using wind energy.  Driving down Interstate 10 towards Palm Springs is a landscape of windmills.  A

Mar 24, 2019 09:17 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James, were would we be without windmills even today out on the plans to pump up water for cattle.


Mar 24, 2019 09:44 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- you reminded me of my youth when we would drive out to our beach property. My cousins and I passed the time counting windmills on the side of the road. (no devices back in those days.)

Mar 24, 2019 11:30 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Jay - back in those days there were many generation ideas.  It think wind has gotten more traction since then.

Mar 24, 2019 11:52 AM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Ingenuity is always there to fulfill a need. Good for James B. 

Mar 24, 2019 02:36 PM #13
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I've always liked wind power for the novelty of it (and because it's cheap if you make your own generator) BUT I prefer the reliability of coal James Dray .

Mar 24, 2019 06:57 PM #14
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the information on James Blyth and the first wind turbine.  It's wonderful to see our natural energy being harnessed and used.

Mar 24, 2019 07:51 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I had no idea James Dray. What a great story you brought today... 

Mar 24, 2019 09:57 PM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

As the number two state in the US for wind power generated electricity I salute him.

Mar 25, 2019 07:10 AM #17
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