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9 August 2007 – Birthday Celebrations
Thomas Telford was born on the 9th August 1757 at Glendinning in the Parish of Westerkirk which is to the north of Langholm. On 9 August 2007 a Cairn made of local stone and a Plaque from the Institution of Civil Engineers were unveiled in honour of Thomas Telford close to where he is believed to have been born.
Lorraine Luscher, Gordon Masterton & Margaret Sanderson unveil the Cairn
Thomas Telford Birthday Celebrations

The group who attended the unveiling of the cairn built in honour of Thomas Telford, were accompanied there by the sound of bagpipes played by Mr William Johnstone of Bentpath. The cairn and plaque were unveiled by members of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Gordon Masterton and Gordon Pomphrey.

The cairn and plaque are placed on land belonging to Lorraine Luescher who gave a speech and also took part in the unveiling ceremony. Lorraine is the author of the Booklet about Thomas Telford that can be downloaded from the website.

After the cairn and plaque unveiling at Glendinning the group proceeded to Langholm where the Thomas Telford Trail was officially launched. Then a toast to Thomas Telford was given and a birthday cake in honour of Thomas Telford was cut by Kenneth McCrae who at the time was the oldest member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Kenneth had also taken part in the 200th Anniversary celebrations in 1957. Some of the school children who had taken part in the school activities relating to Thomas Telford were also at the ‘birthday party’.


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