Savery [Savory], Thomas
- E. I. Carlyle
- , revised by Christopher F. Lindsey
Savery [Savory], Thomas (1650?–1715), engineer, was born at Shilstone, a manor house near Modbury, Devon, one of two sons of Richard Savery and grandson of Christopher Savery of Totnes. He became a military engineer, and by 1696 had attained the rank of trench-master. He spent his spare time on mechanical experiments, and in 1696 he patented (no. 347) a machine to grind and polish plate glass, and a contrivance for rowing ships in a calm using two paddle-wheels worked by a capstan. ...