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Hugh McIntosh (1768–1840), a major railway, canal and building contractor
1768 Born near Nairn, Scotland
Worked as a navvy on the Forth and Clyde Canal
Worked on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
1795 Gained his first contract, for work on the Lancaster Canal; worked with 2 partners over the next 4 years on this canal.
Gained the first of several contracts on the Grand Trunk Canal
Married Mary Cross, daughter of a farmer who was also an agent of the canal.
1799 Birth of their son David McIntosh
1803 Gained his first contract for the East India Co's import and export docks, the start of 21 years work on various London Docks.
1809 May have been the first British contractor to work abroad if he did take part in the demolition of the Flushing fortifications (as inferred by Skempton).
He engaged in speculative house building to serve the docks in London.
Took up residence in London
1813-16 Contractor on the construction of Pembroke Docks
1823-32 Contractor on Plymouth Docks work
1824-32 Contractor on Portsmouth Docks
He built sewers, bridges and roads in the London area, worked for several water companies and gas works.
Worked on the Regent's Canal
1830s Made repairs to Blackfriars Bridge
1831-2 Contractor on the construction of the Thames and Severn Canal
1831-5 Contractor on the construction of the Great Western Canal
1836-8 Contractor on the construction of the Grand Junction Canal
Won a contract on the Aire and Calder Navigation in the final years of his life.
The business had become so large that, although contracts were taken in the name of his son David, several agents were needed to manage all of the works; these included his brother James McIntosh, William Radford, William Mackenzie, Edward Ladd Betts, William Betts, James Leishman.