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Matthew Davidson (1755-1819), stone mason and civil engineer
1755 Born in Langholm, Dumfries, where he grew up with Thomas Telford, with whom he later worked.
1790 Invited by Telford to work on his first bridge in Shropshire, the Montford Bridge.
Resident engineer for erection of the masonry for the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
1798 Birth of son James Davidson
1805 Appointed the resident engineer on the Caledonian Canal at Clachnaharry
1812 Engineered the sea loch at Beauly Firth at Clacknaharry
Of his three sons, Thomas and John became surgeons and James trained to be an engineer, succeeding his father on the Caledonian Canal.
1819 February. Death of Mr Davidson, resident engineer. Died at Clacknaharry.