William Falconer King

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Falconer King was born in Hunter’s Quay, Scotland back in 1929.  He attended Glasgow University, after graduation he was employed by Sir William Thomson. He worked at the Wester and Brazilian Telegraph Company. For his services in Brazil Emperor Dom Pedro II awarded him a Knight of the Border of the Rose.

He returned to Scotland in 1884, where he and Andrew Brown started King & Co. electrical engineers who built the Leith Electrical Works.  He installed one of Britain’s first system of electric street lights in 1895. Also, in 1895, he was involved in Scotland’s first electric tram system. 

During the First World War his firm won the contract from the Admiralty for the installation and repair of all electrical equipment in the Naval Dockyards at both Rosyth and Leith.  He retired moving back to Hunter’s Quay where he died in 1929, he was 78.

What you may not know about William is that he was responsible for laying the first transatlantic telegraph cable from England to Brazil between 1872-72.

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Comments (21)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - when I saw your post title today, I had the same thought as Kevin J. May and then I thought, will tomorrow be another King day???  Thank you for the insight this brief history prompted.  

Feb 13, 2021 04:08 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Holy cow! An under sea cable to Brazil. I can't imagine that undertaking without today's modern tools.

Feb 13, 2021 04:15 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is neat to know the history of communication and I wonder how many landline phones are still used in the world?

Feb 13, 2021 04:37 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

that is really interesting - Thanks for sharing with us - I would love to know the answer to Brian England 's question

Feb 13, 2021 04:40 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The sending of information is important, it is too bad there are so many opinions and false information in today's world!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 13, 2021 06:03 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Given the time period it must have been a huge task to install that cable. Enjoy your day!

Feb 13, 2021 06:10 AM
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

A very interesting story and thank you for sharing it.

Feb 13, 2021 06:33 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - that was a big breakthrough back then.  Now tech has grown exponentially.

Feb 13, 2021 06:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... we forget how important those telegraph cables were in the 19th Century into the 20th Century.

Feb 13, 2021 07:10 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - He worked 11-12 years on that cable.  All the technology had to be developed as they went along, pretty amazing stuff.

Feb 13, 2021 07:41 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and a interesting person you have for your blog today.  Make it a great day!


Feb 13, 2021 07:47 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray that is a huge project with an enourmous amount of cable!

Feb 13, 2021 07:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a very special weekend.

Feb 13, 2021 08:53 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Pretty impressive accomplishments, especially that England to Brazil cable!

Feb 13, 2021 09:02 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

What a huge undertaking that must have been given the technology of the time. Have a good, and warm, weekend James Dray .

Feb 13, 2021 09:21 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great share of history.  I have been to both Brazil and England, and I can only imagine the huge accomplishment of this feat. A

Feb 13, 2021 11:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an amazing undertaking!   

Feb 13, 2021 11:46 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

To do something that's never been done before is quite an accomplishment. Just imagine all the obstacles he had to overcome to lay all that cable.

Feb 13, 2021 12:59 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this bit of  history.  They realized back then the importance of good communication. 

Feb 13, 2021 07:50 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

James, We are so blessed to have had so many pioneers that had the foresight      -and- determination to implement such systems to improve communication. Wow! 

Feb 14, 2021 08:15 AM

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