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Visitors to the cain at Glendinning might be surprised that these humble surroundings were the birthplace of Thomas Telford, perhaps the most influential and imaginative engineers of his generation.

Telford's father was a shepherd on the sheep-farm of Glendinning. The farm consists of green hills, lying along the valley of the Meggat, a little burn, which descends from the moorlands on the east, and falls into the Esk near the hamlet of Westerkirk.

Glendinning Cairn

The cairn marks the location  of John Telford's cottage, which was little better than a shieling, consisting of four mud walls, spanned by a thatched roof. It stood upon a knoll near the lower end of a gully worn in the hillside by the torrents of many winters.

Access & Parking

Access to the site is provided via a single track road and parking is limited, the site is a working farm and visitors are reminded to keep dogs on a leash and observe the country code.

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