Tay Bridge Disaster

Patrick Matthew

Three days after Christmas day, on 28th December 1869, Matthew sat down at his desk in Gourdiehill House and penned a most horrific letter of warning to his local newspaper, the Dundee Advertiser, to alert everyone that he had quite reasonably foreseen that if it were to be built, the Tay Railway Bridge to Dundee would collapse into the estuary it spanned.

 

The Advertiser published his letter on 4th January 1870. Matthew was predicting a technological Gothic horror.

 

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Patrick Matthew