An excellent,very readable book about our ancestor's life from his humble beginnings as the son of a Dumfiesshire shepherd, born in Eskdale,in 1757, to his death in 1834 and subsequent burial in Westminster Abbey. This absorbing book descibes Thomas's early work, as an apprentice stone mason in Langholm, to his most memorable skill of being a master, canal, bridge and road builder. Indeed this book draws the reader's avid attention to the many bridges for which he is famous and the stunning fact that he has been remembered as the 'Colossus of Roads' because of the great many roads which he designed. Indeed Scotland and many English counties today,would be most difficult to traverse without his work! He was indeed a great engineer from the 18th Century. His deafness in later life unfotunately caused him to be fairly lonely even though he was made President of the Institute of Engineers in 1820! He is honoured for his contributions to Great Britain.I find it incredible that he did not own his own home until quite late on in his life.
We found this biography such enjoyable reading that we immediately purchased 2 further copies from Amazon (at an excellent bargain price as usual) for other members of our close Telford clan!