Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Grainger
Designation: Engineer
Born: 12 November 1794
Died: 25 July 1852
Bio Notes: Thomas Grainger was born near Edinburgh 12 November 1794, the son of Hugh Grainger and Helen Marshall. He was educated at Edinburgh University and at the age of sixteen entered the office of John Leslie, land surveyor, in Edinburgh. He commenced practice on his own account in 1816 as a civil engineer and surveyor, principally concerned with road construction and improvement. He became a prominent advocate for the introduction of railways from 1823 onwards, and in that same year he took on John Miller as an assistant, taking him into partnership two years later. The practice was concerned almost exclusively with railway engineering in Scotland and England, Grainger and Miller working separately although remaining in partnership until c. 1847. Grainger joined the Institution of Civil Engineers as a Member in 1829.

Grainger married Jessie Marshall c.1843. He was a man of great common sense and perseverance, was active in public life and served as President of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts for two successive years. He was a committed Christian and after his death in a railway collision on 25 July 1852 was remembered as a firm friend and a kind master. He left estate of 29,820 1s 1d and was buried at Gogar Cemetery.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this engineer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Grainger & MillerBefore 18371845Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This engineer was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 19After 1828Signet Library  EdinburghScotlandSurvey plans - perhaps alterations - Upper Hall
Item 2 of 191837Newhaven HarbourNewhaven EdinburghScotlandSea wall
Item 3 of 191838Broughty Ferry Railway StationBroughty Ferry AngusScotland 
Item 4 of 19c. 1840Bridge over Railway  EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 19c. 1840Bridge over Railway  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 19c. 1840Railway tunnel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 191841Railway Bridge over Warriston Road and the Water of Leith  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 191843Bridge, Russell Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 191845Linktown Railway ViaductKirkcaldy FifeScotlandWith Thomas Boucher
Item 10 of 191845North Leith StationLeith EdinburghScotlandCompleted in 1846 after dissolution of Grainger & Miller partnership; unclear whether primarily by Grainger or Miller
Item 11 of 19c. 1845Railway BridgeWarriston EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 191846Cupar Station, station house, offices and railway BridgeCupar FifeScotland 
Item 13 of 191846Railway StationMarkinch FifeScotlandHS List
Item 14 of 191847Bridge over the Railway Track to Morton  FifeScotland 
Item 15 of 191847Burntisland Harbour, harbour worksBurntisland FifeScotland 
Item 16 of 191847East DockBroughty Ferry AngusScotland 
Item 17 of 191847HarbourTayport FifeScotland 
Item 18 of 191847Railway Station and ancillary buildingsBurntisland FifeScotlandAs engineer
Item 19 of 191860Railway ViaductAirdrie    


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this engineer:
Item 1 of 2Johnston, W T Scottish Engineers and Shipbuilders   
Item 2 of 2Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp76, p111, p179

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this engineer:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Minutes of Proc. of the Inst of Civil Engineers1853XIIInstitution of Civil Engineerspp159-61