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James Jardine

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James Jardine (1776-1858)

From 1811 he began a series of harbour designs, beginning with Saltcoats. This was followed by Perth (1831), major extensions to Leith Docks (1835), and Eyemouth (1837).

1812 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were John Playfair, John Leslie, Thomas Allan.

1813 Received the commission to drain the final waters of the Nor Loch to create Princes Street Gardens, and the final waters of the Burgh Loch to create The Meadows both in Edinburgh.

1819 Appointed as the first engineer for the newly-formed Edinburgh Water Co.

1820 James Jardine, Hanover Street, Edinburgh became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.[1]

1826 Worked on the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway line, creating its St. Leonards branch,

1827 Elected a member of the Society of Civil Engineers

He worked on several projects with Thomas Telford, including provision of mathematical calculations to establish the required chain strength to hold the Menai Straits suspension bridge.

He was unsuccessful in his designs for Dean Bridge in Edinburgh and the City Observatory.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Wikipedia
  • A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland by A. W. Skempton