|ARMY OFFICER, CIVIL ENGINEER, PUBLIC OFFICIAL (SCOTLAND)|
BORN 10 Oct 1797, Edinburgh - DIED 15 Apr 1840|
GRAVE LOCATION Dublin: Mount Jerome Cemetery, 158 Harold's Cross Road (C 90 - 323)
Thomas Drummond studied at Woolwich Academy and showed a talent for mathematics. He attended lectures by Michael Faraday where he learned about the discovery of limelight. For the new Ordnance Survey of Ireland he used what is now known as the Drummond light that could be seen from very far.
In 1835 he married Maria Kinnaird (1810-1891), the daughter of the critic Conversation Sharp (1759-1835). They had three children. In 1835 he was appointed Irish under-secretary and he held this post until he died in 1840. His early death was possibly caused by overwork and stress.