William Symington

William Symington

Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death 22 Mar 1831 (aged 67)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Plot *Cenotaph
Memorial ID 143912905 · View Source
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Inventor. He was a scottish engineer and he invented steam navigation, he was the builder of the first practical steamboat, the 'Charlotte Dundas'. He was born in Leadhills, Scotland. He was the son of a mechanic in the mines in the surrounding area. His parent's were not wealthy but he was well educated. They intended on having him enter into the ministry, but his own ambitions lay with engineering. In 1785 he joined up with his older brother George in trying to build a steam engine at Wanlockhead to the design of James Watt. A very large *cenotaph is erected just outside the walls of the leadhills graveyard in memory of William. It was erected by public subscription in 1891 which was 60 years after he passed away. He is actually buried in the St Botolph without Aldgate Churchyard in Aldgate, City of London, Greater London, England. And there is a tablet that was placed there by the right hon sir Marcus Samuel lord mayor in 1903. Go to this link to see William Symington, Findagrave Memorial# 12103 there is a picture of him on there and a picture of that tablet as well. (bio by: rememberingancestors and graves enthusiast)
(Photographs by: Derek Moffat)


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  • Added: 19 Mar 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 143912905
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Symington (Oct 1763–22 Mar 1831), Find a Grave Memorial no. 143912905, citing Leadhills Graveyard, Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, Scotland ; Maintained by Graves Enthusiast (contributor 48674442) .