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Matthew Davidson

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Matthew Davidson (1755-1819), stone mason and civil engineer

1755 Born in Langholm, Dumfries, where he grew up with Thomas Telford, with whom he later worked.

1790 Invited by Telford to work on his first bridge in Shropshire, the Montford Bridge.

Resident engineer for erection of the masonry for the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

1798 Birth of son James Davidson

1805 Appointed the resident engineer on the Caledonian Canal at Clachnaharry

1812 Engineered the sea loch at Beauly Firth at Clacknaharry

Of his three sons, Thomas and John became surgeons and James trained to be an engineer, succeeding his father on the Caledonian Canal.

1819 February. Death of Mr Davidson, resident engineer.[1] Died at Clacknaharry.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Caledonian Mercury - Monday 22 February 1819
  • The Canal Builders by Anthony Burton. 1972/81. ISBN 0 7153 8120 2
  • A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland, edited by A. W. Skempton