The Life and Works of John Rennie (7 June 1761 – 4 October 1821)

Other Resources


An overview of John Rennie’s contribution to the City of London

John Rennie in City of London Engineering Hall of Fame

Sir John Rennie’s Autobiography, including a number of references to his father’s work and influence

Lives of the Engineers by Samuel Smiles, 1874. A biography of John Rennie

A Tour through the Naval Establishments of Great Britain 1816-20 by Charles Dupin, 1822 (translated from the French)

John Rennie’s improvements to Scotland’s Infrastructure, 1816 – 1820 by Roland Paxton

Bell Rock Lighthouse and Rennie’s role in the design by Katriina Etholen

Institution of Civil Engineers’  – Profiles of John Rennie’s Projects



Kennet and Avon canal

Shortest, Steepest Lock Flight in the UK. Caen Hill Locks – YouTube  A circular walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal, including Ladies Bridge

The Dundas Aqueduct blockbusters | Construction News Account of the restoration of Dundas aqueduct

Lancaster canal

Lune Aqueduct walk and audio trail | Canal & River Trust (

Chelmer and Blackwater navigation

Croydon canal  Route of canal on Google MyMap

Stowmarket navigation

Caldon tramway  Video about all four tramroads, with Rennie’s route featuring from 6mins 50 secs



London docks tobacco dock

West India docks, London

Ramsgate harbour

Sheerness dockyard

Custom House dock, Dublin

Stack A warehouse



Southwark bridge

Union chain bridge

Friends of the Union Chain Bridge (


Albion Mill