Thomas Drummond


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Captain Thomas Drummond (10 October 1797 – 15 April 1840), from Edinburgh, Scotland, was an army officer, civil engineer and senior public official. Drummond used the Drummond light which was employed in the trigonometrical survey of Great Britain and Ireland. He is sometimes mistakenly given credit for the invention of limelight, at the expense of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney. However, it was Drummond ... more »

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  • ''Property has its duties as well as its rights.''
    Thomas Drummond (1797-1840), Scottish statesman, engineer. Letter, May 22, 1838. Life and Letters, R. Barry O'Brien (1889). Disraeli also used the...
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