Thomas Drummond

Thomas Drummond

Born: October 10, 1797

Died: April 15, 1840

Nationality: Scottish

Occupation: Public Servant

Biography: Captain Thomas Drummond, from Edinburgh, Scotland, was an army officer, civil engineer and senior public official. Drummond used the Drummond light which was employed in the trigonometrical survey of Great Britain and Ireland. He is sometimes mistakenly given credit for the invention of limelight, at the expense of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney.

Source/Notes: Letter to the Landlords of Tipperary, May 22, 1838. See also Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil, book i. chapter xi.