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Birthplace of William Symington
Leadhills, South Lanarkshire
associated engineer
William Symington
date  1763
era  Georgian  |  category  Birthplace of Engineer  |  reference  NS884147
Leadhills is the birthplace of William Symington (1763-1831), the inventor and engine-builder whose reputation has been largely eclipsed by that of James Watt.
However, it was Symington who pioneered the use of steam in shipping, and produced the first workable version with the Charlotte Dundas II in 1803.
Symington, in common with a surprising number of pioneering engineers, made almost no notes describing his process of discovery, whereas Watt kept detailed written records.
reference sources   LG/SJ

Birthplace of William Symington