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Brunton, William

Born: 1777 AD
Died: 1851 AD, at 74 years of age.

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.


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