Thomas Telford, FRS FRSE

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Thomas Telford, FRS FRSE

Birthplace: Glendinning, Westerkirk, Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Death: September 02, 1834 (77)
24 Abingdon Street, Westninster, London, Middlesex, England UK
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Son of John Telford and Janet Telford

Occupation: Civil Engineer, Architect, Stonemason; road, bridge and canal builder
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About Thomas Telford, FRS FRSE

Thomas Telford FRS, FRSE (9 August 1757 – 2 September 1834) was a Scottish civil engineer, architect and stonemason, and road, bridge and canal builder.

  • Established himself as an engineer of road and canal projects in Shropshire.
  • Designed numerous infrastructure projects in his native Scotland, as well as harbours and tunnels.
  • Dubbed The Colossus of Roads (a pun on the Colossus of Rhodes), and, reflecting his command of all types of civil engineering in the early 19th century
  • Elected as the first President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a post he held for 14 years until his death.
  • Born on 9 August 1757 at Glendinning, a hill farm 3 miles east of Eskdalemuir Kirk, in the rural parish of Westerkirk, in Eskdale, Dumfriesshire.
  • Father - John Telford, a shepherd, died soon after Thomas was born.
  • Thomas was raised in poverty by his mother Janet Jackson (died 1794).

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August 9, 1757
Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
September 2, 1834
Age 77
London, Middlesex, England UK