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William Symington (1763-1831), Engineer

Sitter in 4 portraits
Although his parents intended for him to enter the ministry, Symington chose instead to become an engineer. He joined his brother, an engineer in the Wanlockhead mines, and assisted him in constructing the new engine supplied by Boulton and Watt to drain the mine. He rose to become manager for the mines at Kinnaird and an adviser to other mine owners. Symington experimented for many years, with varying degrees of success, with designs for a steam-propelled paddleboat.

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Men of Science Living in 1807-8

by Sir John Gilbert, and Frederick John Skill, and William Walker, and Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
pencil and wash, 1858-1862
NPG 1075


Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8'

by George Zobel, and William Walker
engraving, 1862
NPG 1075a


William Symington

by Thomas Oldham Barlow, after David Octavius Hill
mixed-method engraving
NPG D6912