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1852 James Leslie, in conjunction with Mr. J. M. Rendel and Mr. Mackain, was Engineer for a scheme for supplying Glasgow from Loch Lubnaig on behalf of the Glasgow Water Company. The Bill was strongly opposed by the Corporation of Glasgow, who shortly after that took over the control of the waterworks from the Company.
A scheme for supplying Glasgow with water from Loch Katrine was first proposed in 1845 by Messrs. Gordon and Hill, and which was afterwards executed by Mr. Bateman, the scheme having been promoted by Professor Rankine, who, in conjunction with Mr. John Thompson, was the first to realise the important fact that, by tunnelling through the intervening watershed, the water of Loch Katrine could be conveniently introduced into Glasgow.