Diary of Alexander Oswald Brodie, 1843-1844.
Frequent mention of Mr 'D S' [David Stevenson]. His journal, which starts on 16 October 1843, includes detailed descriptions of civil engineering projects, notes on the local geology [including notes of geological expeditions undertaken with Mr Rose of Edinburgh] and other engineering considerations. Also notes on the costs of various building materials, notes on various surveying instruments. Included are a wide variety of social observations, memoirs of meetings of learned societies in Edinburgh, in particular the Speculative Society, with notes for speeches to be given to the society and reminiscences of individuals, including an evening of table talk with Thomas de Quincy, together with a description of his wife and children, and a meeting with the family of Hugh Miller [geologist, author and journalist].
The places mentioned in his journal are: Tobermory [Mull] [with mention of the lighthouse yacht Francis], Dunstaffnage [Argyllshire], Queensferry [W Lothian], Grangemouth [Stirlingshire], Dunbar [E Lothian], Haddington [E Lothian] with observations on the obstruction by Mr Ainslie of Elvingstone [E Lothian] to the proposed railway from Edinburgh to Dunbar via Longmiddry [E Lothian], Cockenzie [E Lothian]. Fisherrow harbour [Midlothian], Skerryvore Lighthouse [Argyllshire], Isle of May, Lasswade [Midlothian], Pennicuick [Midlothian], the Crinan Canal, Inverness, Chanonry Point [Cromarty], Elgin, Lossiemouth harbour [Morayshire] with further notes by D Scott, town clerk of Elgin, Forres [Morayshire], Fort George [Morayshire], and Cromarty. Indexed.
Also journal of a summer tour via the Tay to Perth and The Hermitage [Perthshire], Taymouth [Kenmore] [Perthshire], Killin [Perthshire], Callander [Perthshire], Aberfoyle [Perthshire], Brig O'Turk [Perthshire], Loch Lomond [aboard the Waterwitch], returning to Edinburgh, via Doune [Perthshire]. Table of expenses incurred appended.
Between p.36 and p.37 notes and drawings of specifications for cast iron bridge at Howth on Dublin - Drogheda railway [Eire].
Between p.44 and p.45: Plan of the harbour of Cherbourg [France].
Between p.60 and p.61: Copy of a letter from Fitzroy Somerset to the mother of Brodie, advising her that her son is too old to procure a commission in the army.Horse Guards, 7 May 1844.
Between p.110 and p.111: Invitation from [Mr Morris ?] to become a surveyor in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] outlining likely conditions of service and remuneration. (3pp.) nd.
Between p.122 and p.123: Copy of the specification of John MacNeill for a bridge over the Howth Brook on the line of the Dublin - Drogheda Railway [Eire]. 21 December 1841.