|ENGINEER, RAILWAY CONTRACTOR (ENGLAND)|
BORN 1812, Isleworth, Middlesex - DIED 4 Mar 1883, Bristol± Everton Villa, Chertsey Road|
GRAVE LOCATION Bristol: Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road
Rowland Brotherhood worked for his father on road building before they were contracted in 1835 for building parts of the Great Western Railway (GWR) that was engineered by Isambard Brunel. He lived in Reading at that time. In the same year he married Priscilla Penton (c1815-1888) and they had fourteen children.
In 1841 he moved to Chippenham where he bought a blacksmith's business. He produced railway fittings and constructed iron works near Chippenham Station. His business grew larger during the 1850s and 1860s. In 1861 he ended his contract work for the GWR but until 1868 he constructed components for railways and bridges in the UK and abroad. In 1866 he became an associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The Chippenham works closed in 1869 after financial difficulties.
In 1868 he moved to Cardiff to become general manager of Bute Ironworks and in 1874 he settled in Bristol. He died there in 1883. His son Rowland was a cricketer and a civil engineer.
Son: Brotherhood, Peter
worked for Brunel, Isambard Kingdom