Alexander Nimmo Master Engineer 1783-1832

Public Works and Civil Survey

By Noel P. Wilkins

Contributions by: Peter B. Heffernan

Now available in paperback! 2009 is the 200th anniversary of the Commission for the Bogs of Ireland. The Commission was arguably the first attempt by the government of the United Kingdom after the Union to address the infrastructural deficit of Ireland. The Commission brought to Ireland Alexander Nimmo, friend of Thomas Telford and, until then, rector of Inverness Academy. Nimmo spent the rest of his life in his adopted country. His influence on it was profound, not only in the civil engineering structures he left behind, but in his seminal role in the emergence of the Irish Ordnance Survey, the Office of Public Works, the Hydrographic Survey of Ireland, and the Fisheries Commission. This is the first book to tell the life story of this unique and important character and his role in events in early nineteenth century Ireland. It gives new insights into events and persons of the time never previously covered, and it questions some long-held beliefs regarding these events and the pre-famine period. Based on four years of research in archives and libraries all over Ireland and Britain, author Wilkins reveals for the first time the motivation and full range of Alexander Nimmo's activities in Ireland and Britain. [Subject: Biography, Irish Studies, History, Civil Engineering]

Publication Date: 11/4/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781911024361

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