John Metcalf, English engineer, 1795.
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Engraved plate after a drawing by J R Smith of John Metcalf (1717-1810), also known as 'Blind Jack of Knaresborough'. Metcalf was blind from the age of six, but still managed to become a first clas athelete, horseman and soldier - fighting during the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. He is perhaps best known for setting up a stagecoach between York and Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, and later (from 1765 onwards) constructing 185 miles of road and several bridges in both Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and Derbyshire.