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Alexander James Adie (1808-1879)

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Alexander James Adie (1808-1879), railway engineer

1808 Born the son of Alexander James Adie

Studied at the High School in Edinburgh and then Edinburgh University before training as a civil engineer under James Jardine.

1836 Appointed Resident Engineer on the Bolton, Chorley and Preston Railway.

1838 Designed a skew railway bridge to cross the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Bridge No. 74a) using the logarithmic method of Edward Sang.

1863 Appointed Manager of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.

In February 1846 he followed in his father's footsteps and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

1879 April 3rd. Died at his house, Rockville near Linlithgow,and is buried on the south side of St Michael's Church in Linlithgow.

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