This is the mechanical institution in Lanark which was built if my memory serves me right in 1821 . It was in 1821 the equivalent of a technical college. Britain desperately needed engineers to take forward the Industrial Revolution . The year previously 1820 there had been much political unrest especially amongst the weavers. Their wages plummeted in the aftermath of the Napoleonic War. Thus the Strathaven uprising led by Pearly Wilson.
Some gentlemen were for brutal suppression such as at Peterloo , others however saw the need to educate young men to be engineers. It was this enlightened view that led Scottish Engineers to be regarded as the World`s best engineers.