Manuscript part of a report by Robert McKell and James Watt on the Monkland Canal, 1769. flscp. 2pp.
James Watt surveyed the route for a canal linking the Lanark coalfields with Glasgow and became the consulting engineer. He oversaw construction of seven miles of canal, a supply reservoir, an aqueduct and seven road bridges. It was an important project for Watt: he gained new experience of large scale projects and matters which had not had much of an effect on him before, such as how to manage a large and potentially unruly workforce. It was a vital part of the process by which Watt scaled himself up from a scientific instrument maker into an engineer capable of building steam engines.