Born: May 26, 1777 AD
Died: 1851 AD, at 74 years of age.
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.
Page last updated: 4:02pm, 03rd Sep '07