The History of Leith

March 5, 2008

James Braidwood (1800 – 1861)

James Braidwood (1800 – 1861) was the first director of the London Fire Engine Establishment (the brigade which was eventually to become the London Fire Brigade).and is credited with the development of the modern municipal fire service.

He was born and educated in Edinburgh where he learned about the construction of buildings, knowledge he later put to use in fire fighting. He was distinguished for his heroism on the occasion of great fires in Edinburgh (1824) and London (1830). for more click here

Some Text