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John Wilson (1770-1850), civil engineer, of Glencorse, Midlothian,
1770 Born in Argyll, son of a farmer
Trained as a mason; may have worked on the Crinan Canal
1815 Returned to Scotland
1816 Not finding work in Scotland, returned to work in Sweden
1817 Returned to Scotland
1820 Appointed resident engineer for the Glencorse reservoir of Edinburgh waterworks. Remained as superintendent and keeper of Edinburgh Waterworks until 1843.
1843 Inspector of repairs to the Caledonian Canal at Gairlochy, where he bought a house
1850 Died at Midcalder. 4 surviving sons; of the twins, Allan and Edward, one established his own business in London and the other travelled the world. They in turn were succeeded by two nephews, one of whom carried on the London consultancy whilst the other became Chief Engineer to the Great Eastern Railway. They in turn had sons who continued as civil engineers, and grandsons who have diversified into newer branches of engineering