Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English engineer, for biography of whom see A.W. Skempton, 'William Chapman, (1749-1832), civil engineer', Transactions of the Newcomen Society 46 (1973), 45-72,(1) and Oxford DNB.  During the latter part of the eighteenth century, William Chapman was associated with many Irish inland navigation schemes including the Shannon Navigation, the Naas Canal, the Barrow Navigation and the Ballinamore and Ballyconnell Canal.. As assistant to WILLIAM JESSOP WILLIAM JESSOP , consultant engineer to the Grand Canal Company, he devised the plan for linking the Grand Canal with the mouth of the Liffey, which he propounded in a pamphlet, Observations on the Advantages of bringing the Grand Canal round by the Circular Road into the River Liffey (1785). He was a brother of EDWARD CHAPMAN. EDWARD CHAPMAN. (2)

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(1)   Reprinted in A.W. Skempton, Civil Engineers and Engineering in Britain, 1600-1830 ((1996), 45-82.
(2) See V.T.H. & D.R. Delany, The Canals of the South of Ireland (Newton Abbot, 1966) and Ruth Delany, The Grand Canal of Ireland (Newton Abbot, 1973) for further details of Chapman's work in Ireland. Two designs by Chapman for the Sheffield Canal are among the drawings from the office of Henry, Mullins & McMahon, contractors for the Grand Canal, now (1993) in the collection of Thomas Pakenham, Tullynally, Co. Westmeath.


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRAND CANAL
Date: 1785-1796
Nature: Planned Circular Road link between Grand Canal & Liffey
Refs: V.T.H. & D.R. Delany, The Canals of the South of Ireland (Newton Abbot, 1966), 50-51

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, RINGSEND, DOCKS
Date: 1791-96
Nature: Designed by Jessop, according to Mullins, or by Chapman, according to Delany.
Refs: 'Address of M.B. Mullins…being an historical sketch of engineering in Ireland', TICEI 6 (1859-1861), 55; V.T.H. & D.R. Delany, The Canals of the South of Ireland (1966), 51

Author Title Date Details
Chapman, William Observations on the Advantages of bringing the Grand Canal round by the Circular Road into the River Liffey 1785 Dublin: P. Byrne, 1785.
Chapman, William Estimates of the Expences of completing the Navigation of the River Barrow, from St Mullin's to Athy 1789 Dublin: W. Sleator, 1789.
Chapman, William Report on the Means of Perfecting the Navigation of the River Barrow from St Mullin's to Athy 1789 Dublin: W. Sleator, 1789.
Chapman, William Report on the Navigation of the River Shannon, from Lough Allen to Killaloe, with Estimates 1791 Limerick: Shannon Navigation Company, 1791.
Chapman, William Report on the Improvement of the Harbour of Arklow, and the Practicability of a Navigation from thence by the Vales of the…Ovoca 1792 Dublin: J. Chambers, 1792.
Chapman, William Report of William Chapman, Engineer, on the means of making Woodford River Navigable, from Lough-Erne to Woodford-Lough 1793 Limerick: A. Watson, 1793.