09/08/2019
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Engineer Thomas Telford was born - On this day in history

63705a7b-3e0d-4b09-b0aa-34578206661c

Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford was born on 9 August 1757 at Eskdale in Dumfriesshire. Telford, who became known as the 'Colossus of Roads', was born on a remote hill farm and brought up by his widowed mother. Telford's earliest work was as apprentice to a stonemason and it was during this work that he began to develop a knowledge of bridge construction which would make him famous.

Telford's career coincided with major developments in civil engineering and he was responsible for some of the most famous engineering projects in the UK, including:

Telford died in London on 2 September 1834, at the age of 77.

Further reading

Thomas Telford; Master Builder of Roads and Canals by Anthony Burton

Back to "On this day in history" Category

09/08/2019 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

The Battle of the Standard was fought - On this day in history

The Battle of the Standard was fought on 22 August 1138. ...


Scottish inventor William Murdoch was born - On this day in history

Scottish inventor William Murdoch was born on 21 August 1754. ...


Scottish poet William Miller died - On this day in history

Scottish poet William Miller died on 20 August 1872.


Scottish engineer James Nasmyth was born - On this day in history

Scottish engineer James Nasmyth was born on 19 August 1808.


Other Articles

Beggars' badges in Scotland

Jonny Keen provides an introduction to the use of beggars' badges in Scotland, exploring their distribution ...


Arthur Elphinstone was executed - On this day in history

Arthur Elphinstone, Lord Balmerino, was executed on 18 August 1746.


The Battle of Verneuil was fought - On this day in history

The Battle of Verneuil was fought on 17 August 1424.


Carolina Nairne was born - On this day in history

Lady Carolina Nairne was born on 16 August 1766.