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My Dear Guests

The first ever engineer was surprisingly not Scottish, that honour fell to Imhokep, who was responsible for building the first pyramid in Egypt almost 5,000 years ago. 

Fast forward over 4000 years and this is the first-time history mentions individual engineers, in the form of Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo, who started the theoretical predictions in the design of artefacts. It is not until the 18th century that the engineer comes to the fore with John Smeaton – the builder of the Coldstream bridge who is known as the father of civil engineering. 

Mechanical engineering didn’t really exist until Greenock’s James Watt built the steam engine in 1765 – this made him the daddy of them all. This piece of genius gave birth to the industrial revolution. Thomas Telford from Dumfries was soon on the scene and was the first Engineer to be both Civil and Mechanical with the building of the Caledonian canal in the Great Glen. He was very instrumental in master minding box bridging with Edinburgh’s Dean Bridge. 

A few decades later, Edinburgh’s own Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876 whilst staying in the USA. He was soon back home in 1873 and got Queen Victoria’s personal blessing for this monumental machine. 

Turn the clock on another 50 years, when Helensburgh’s John Logie Baird invented the television in 1926, which changed the world completely. 

If it was not for the Scottish Engineer, the earth would not be anywhere near the sophisticated place it is today. These people are certainly iconic and are known throughout the globe and we are very proud as they were Scottish. 

Other great Scottish Engineers also deserve a mention: 

James Dewar inventor of the vacuum flask 

George Forbes perfecting Armstrongs Hydro-electric power 

Anna McLeod the mother of modern-day brewing 

Lord Kelvin renowned Physicist & Engineer 

John Russell moderniser of today’s royal navy 

Robert Watson Watt inventor of the radar 

Alan McMasters inventor of the toaster 

So please join us in our tribute to



Quality Food, BEERS,

The Scottish Engineer situated on Edinburgh's Telford Road is a uniquely designed bar and restaurant honoring the great work of some truly iconic Scottish engineers. 

Serving quality food accompanied by your favourite beers, cocktails and wines. Meet your friends or bring your family, the Scottish Engineer welcomes you arrival. 


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The Scottish Engineer
76 Telford Road
Tel 0131 332 4647


Opening Hours

Mon 11am - 12am
Tue 11am - 12am
Wed 11am - 12am
Thur 11am - 12am
Fri 11am - 1am
Sat 11am - 1am
Sun 11am - 12am