Rennie, John

BORN 30 Aug 1794, London: 27 Stamford Street, Blackfriars Road - DIED 30 Sep 1874, Bengeo, Hertfordshire (near Hertford)
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (055/RS (24584))

John Rennie was the son of the Scottish engineer John Rennie (1761-1821). He joined his father's manufactury to learn civil engineering. In 1813 he worked for Hollingsworth o n Waterloo Bridge and in 1815 he helped his father with the erection of Southwork Bridge. In 1819 he studied important engineering works on the continent. His father died in 1821 and he partnered with his brother George, who became responsible for the mechanical engineering part.

With Philip Richards he designed the Royal William Victualling Yard in Plymouth. From 1824 he was involved in the construction of London Bridge, for which his father had made designs. After completion of the bridge in 1831 he was knighted. As engineer to the Admiralty he worked at Sheerness, Woolwich, Ramsgate and Plymouth. He was also involved in the design of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and in 1852 he designed a railway system for Sweden.

From 1845 tot 1848 he was president of the Institution of Civil Engineers. In 1862 he retired. He died in 1874 at Bengeo, Hertfordshire.

Related persons
• travelled with Aitchison, John


The grave of John Rennie at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (17 Aug 2017)


Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
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Published: 15 Jan 2022
Last update: 01 Oct 2023