1854-1855: Sir William Fairbairn

1854-1855: Sir William Fairbairn

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Biography Fairbairn was born in Kelso in 1789.

At the age of sixteen, he was apprenticed to Percy Main Colliery, near Newcastle-on-Tyne. In 1811, he moved to London, where he worked for Rennie and Penn. In 1817, he set up in business with a former shop-mate, James Lillie.

Fairbairn was involved with many of the major technological advances of his day. Some of the areas he was involved with include bridge building, machinery manufacture, investigation