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Major William Caulfeild

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William Caulfeild
The Bridge of Orchy
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Died:   1767
Operated:   Scottish Highlands

William Caulfeild rose from relative obscurity, albeit the grandson of a Viscount, to be one of the most important figures in the history of the road network in the Scottish Highlands. In 1732 he was appointed as inspector of roads under General George Wade, and so responsible for the military road network that Wade had instigated in the Scottish Highlands. He remained in post until his death in 1767, his legacy seeing somewhere around 700 miles of road built and over 600 bridges.


Some of the main roads which Caulfeild was responsible for include:

List of Crossings

Crossing On Road Opening Date
Bridge of Dava A939
Bridge of Orchy C63 (Argyll)
Dulsie Bridge
Gairnshiel Bridge A939
Little Garve Bridge
Old Speybridge A95
White Bridge (Cawdor) B9090
White Bridge (Whitebridge) B862

Major William Caulfeild
Road and Bridge Builders
pre-Victorian EngineersMajor William Caulfeild • Abraham Darby • John McAdam • Robert Mylne • John Rennie • John Smeaton • Thomas Telford • General George Wade
Victorian EngineersIsambard Kingdom Brunel • Joseph Mitchell
20th Century EngineersOwen Williams
Engineering CompaniesCleveland Bridge Company • Fairhurst Engineering • Stevenson Family

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