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Forth and Clyde Canal

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John Smeaton designed the canal from Grangemouth to Glasgow

1768 construction started on Forth and Clyde Navigation. John Smeaton, Principal Engineer, and Robert Mackell, Sub-Engineer.[1]

1773 Opened from the Firth of Forth to Kirkintilloch

1775 Reached Stockingfield on the northern outskirts of Glasgow

Work put in abeyance due to lack of funds

1779 Robert Mackell died and was replaced as Surveyor by Nicol Baird

1784 Construction resumed

1785 Robert Whitworth became chief engineer.

1790 The canal opened over its full length of 39 miles

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Scots Magazine - Wednesday 01 June 1768
  • A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and ..., Volume 1, edited by A. W. Skempton