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CodeNA9578
Dates1757-1834
Person NameTelford; Thomas (1757-1834); Engineer
SurnameTelford
ForenamesThomas
EpithetEngineer
ActivityThomas Telford was born in Dumfriesshire in 1757 and trained as a stonemason. He worked in Edinburgh and London, and rose to the position of Surveyor of Public Works for Salop in 1788. He acquired a good reputation in work on the Ellesmere Canal and for the British Fisheries Society, and was appointed to survey the Highlands in 1801, following that by building the Highland roads and bridges he had recommended to the Government. He worked widely after that, carrying bridge, road, harbour and canal construction throughout the United Kingdom and in Sweden. The Menai Bridge, the Dean Bridge in Edinburgh and the Caledonian Canal are three of his best-known projects. He worked well into old age, and died in 1834. He is buried in Westminster Abbey, London.
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