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Drummond Thomas

Drummond, Thomas (1797-1840), an English captain of Engineers, was born ,at Edinburgh. After studying at Edinburgh and at Woolwich, where he invented a pontoon and gave other proofs of talent, he entered the Engineers. He was appointed assistant to Colonel Colby in making the trigonometrical survey of Great Britain and Ireland, and in the latter country he achieved success with the limelight which he had invented, and enabled a signal to be seen at 66 miles distance in spite of foggy atmosphere. In 1835 he became Under-Secretary for Ireland, and for five years gave great satisfaction by ids sympathy with Irish ideas, and his wise administration.