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James Pinkerton Senior (1736-1784) was a member of a family of civil engineers. They carried out many contracts and can be considered as one of the earliest civil engineering contractors in Britian.
They often used John Grundy as their chief engineer.
James Pinkerton had two other engineering brothers; John Pinkerton and Robert Pinkerton. His other brother William was a nurseryman. John Pinkerton was the most eminent of the two, and worked with James on the Driffield Navigation and the Bishop Soil Sluices in 1770. However in 1780 John was given the sole management of the Billinghay Embankment project.