Home » Engineers » Brunton, William

Brunton, William

Born: 1777 AD
Died: 1851 AD
Nationality: Scottish
Categories: Engineers

1777 – William Brunton was born on May 26th in Lochwinnoch. Scottish engineer and inventor.

1796-1808 – He was a mechanic at Boulton & Watt and left there for the Butterley Ironworks.

1813 – Constructed a remarkable locomotive at the Butterley ironworks near Alfreston, Derbyshire.

1814 – William devised a four-wheel steam locomotive the drive of which was transmitted by levers to two walking feet: this was patented on May 22nd.

         – William’s invention became known as the "mechanical traveller" or "steam horse".

1815 – William Brunton’s mechanical traveller came suddenly to a disastrous end. Owing to some carelessness on the part of the driver the wrought iron boiler exploded.

1824 – Whilst a partner in the Eagle Foundry, Birmingham, he designed and constructed a marine engine for the "Sir Francis Drake", which vessel he fitted at Plymouth.

1840 – He was a Locomotive Superintendent on the Taff Vale Railway for a short time.

1851 – Died on October 5th in Camborne.