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Yeoman, Thomas (1709/10–1781), millwright and surveyor, was probably born in Somerset. Although his origins and early life are obscure, his career embraced many different aspects during a formative phase of the early industrial revolution, and he became one of the most prolific and influential civil engineers of the period and a founding father of the profession. He is first encountered as the wheelwright skilled in 'turning iron & Brass, & making machinery for grinding' (...