Thomas Telford was born at Glendinning in the Parish of Westerkirk to the north of Langholm on August 9th 1757. The people of Langholm and Westerkirk are proud of Telford’s legacy and the remarkable things he achieved in his lifetime.
Thomas Telford was prolific as a builder of roads, canals, harbours and churches across Britain and in Sweden. He is buried in Westminster Abbey and bequeathed money to the two libraries in Westerkirk and Langholm which still exist today.
In 2007, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Challenge Fund enabled the Langholm and Westerkirk Thomas Telford Anniversary Group to create the Thomas Telford Trail and build a cairn close to his place of birth. They also commissioned a piece of music which was showcased by the local pipe, brass, flute and youth bands as part of the Thomas Telford Birthday celebrations.
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