Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineering contractor. William Doherty, who was born in Buncrana in 1834, started his career by serving a four-year pupilage from 1852 to 1855 an assistant to JAMES BAYLISS  JAMES BAYLISS on the Lough Swilly Reclamation Works, which were being carried out by the contractors McCormack & Brassey. In 1856 he worked on the surveying and laying out of the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway and was contracting engineer for the Derry grain dock and wharf under D. & T. Stevenson. From the end of 1856 until 1858 he was contractor's engineer on works at Birkenhead and Liverpool docks, under John B. Hartley, and from 1858 to 1862 at Hull Docks under Sir JOHN HAWKSHAW JOHN HAWKSHAW . He returned to Ireland in 1863 and set up in independent practice in Belfast, subsequently opening an office in Dublin, where he carried out several major works, including O'Connell Bridge, Grattan Bridge and Butt Bridge. A note in the Irish Builder of 15 July 1880, suggested that Doherty should receive a knighthood on the completion of Carlisle (O'Connell) Bridge: 'The builder of the new Essex, Carlisle and Swivel Bridges is no mere contractor, for he has shown his capacity in originating methods of construction as well as carrying out the designs of others….For several years…Mr Doherty has been constantly engaged in works of magnitude and of great difficulty, and his practical skill and ready resources have never failed him in any one of his great undertakings. We therefore consider that such a man is entitled to credit…and honour, for his works will, for many a long year, reflect honour upon our city.'(1) The following month, on 17 August Doherty was entertained at a dinner in the Gresham Hotel and presented with an address 'by a number of the leading citizens of Dublin'.(2)

Doherty was elected High Sheriff of the City of Dublin in 1893 and was nominated mayor the following year, an appointment which he declined on account of the poor state of his health. He died on 27 February 1898. A man of literary and antiquarian interests, he published various papers and two books on the antiquities of Tyrconnell and Innishowen.(3) He was an advocate of an improved educational system, and gave evidence before Sir Eardley Wilmot's commission

Inst.CE: elected associate, 7 December 1875; reads paper, 'Description of Cofferdams used at Dublin, Birkenhead and Hull', 11 December 1877,(4) and contributes to to correspondence and discussions on docks, harbours, embankments, &c.;(5) associate member, 1879.
ICEI: elected associate member, 18 March 1874;(6) council member, 1876;(7) elected member, 1890.(8)
RIA: member
RSAI: member.(9)

Addresses:(10) Work: 76 Rogerson's Quay, Dublin, and 121 Victoria Street, Belfast, 1874; 29 Rogerson's Quay, Dublin, and 121 Victoria Street, Belfast, 1875; 29 Rogerson's Quay, Dublin, and Belfast, 1883-1896
Home: 67 Wellington Road, Dublin, 1874; 52 Mount Street Lower, Dublin, 1875; Clonturk House, Drumcondra, 1883; St Mura's, Co. Donegal, 1896.

See WORKS and BIBLIOGRAPHY. BIBLIOGRAPHY.



References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the records of the Institution of Civil Engineers, courtesy of Mrs Carol Morgan, and from the obituaries of Doherty in Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 365 and IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38. There are some minor differences in Doherty's account of his early career in his application for membership of the ICEI, see ICEI admissions applications, I, 141.

(1) IB 22, 15 Jul 1880, 196.
(2) Irish Times, 18 Aug 1880, 6.
(3) He may possibly be the 'Mr J.W. Doherty, contrtactor for the new dock in progress at Maryport' who gave a lecture on the round towers of Ireland to the Maryport Literary and Scientific Society in Nov 1880, as reported in Architect 24, 27 Nov 1880, 332.
(4) Min.Proc.Inst.CE 51, Pt. 1 (1877-78), 137-150.
(5) See Min.Proc.Inst.CE 54, Pt. 4 (1877-78), 25-60; 55, Pt. 1 (1878-79), 49-120; 62, Pt. 4 (1879-1880), 56-65; 70, Pt. 4 (1881-82), 53-104; 111, Pt. 1 (1892-93), 113-128.
(6) TICEI 10 (1870-74), 124.
(7) Jones, source not given.
(8) TICEI 25, list of members.
(9) From Thom's & Post Office directories.


21 work entries listed in chronological order for DOHERTY, WILLIAM JAMES [1]*


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HARBOUR
Date: 1865
Nature: WJD contractor for new graving dock and tidal basin.
Refs: DB 7, 15 Aug 1865, 201; ICEI admissions applications, I, 141; Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 365

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ESSEX BRIDGE
Date: 1874
Nature: WJD contractor. Designed by B.B. Stoney.
Refs: IB 16, 1 Oct 1874, 264; 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BUTT BRIDGE (OLD)
Date: 1878
Nature: WJD contractor. Design by B.B. Stoney.
Refs: B 36, Jun 1878, 642; IB 23, 15 Apr 1881, 126; 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL BRIDGE
Date: 1878
Nature: WJD contractor. Designed by B. B. Stoney.
Refs: IB 20, 15 Jun 1878, 172; 22, 15 Jul 1880, 196; 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38.

Building: CO. WICKLOW, BRAY, HARBOUR
Date: 1890-95
Nature: WJD contractor for new harbour and pier. Engineers: P.F. Comber and W.G. Strype.
Refs: IB 35, 15 May 1893, 122; 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38; Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 366

Building: ENGLAND, MARYPORT (CUMBERLAND), DOCKS
Date: ?
Nature: WJD contractor.
Refs: Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 366, and IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38.

Building: ENGLAND, WORKINGTON (CUMBERLAND), PIER
Date: ?
Nature: WJD contractor.
Refs: Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 366, and IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38.

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, MULLINGAR, BARRACKS
Date: ?
Nature: WJD contractor.
Refs: Min.Proc.Inst.CE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 366, and IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38.

Building: CO. DOWN, ARDGLASS, HARBOUR
Date: ?
Nature: WJD contractor.
Refs: Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 366, and IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38.

Building: CO. LOUTH, CLOGHER HEAD, PIER
Date: ?
Nature: WJD contractor.
Refs: Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 366, and IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38

Building: CO. CLARE, CARRIGAHOLT, PIER (NEW)
Date: ?
Nature: WJD contractor.
Refs: Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 366, and IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38

Building: CO. DONEGAL, TEELIN, PIER
Date: ?
Nature: WJD contractor.
Refs: Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 366, and IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DODDER VALLEY, SEWAGE WORKS
Date: ?
Nature: WJD contractor.
Refs: Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 366

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GREAT BRITAIN QUAY
Date: ?
Nature: Reconstruction
Refs: Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 365

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, NORTH WALL, NO. 048-57 (LONDON NORTH WESTERN RAILWAY STATION)
Date: ?
Nature: WJD contractor.
Refs: IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38 (see also IAA, PKS B10/28 for valuation of 'piece of land proposed to be taken by the London & North Western Railway Co. from Mr Ryan', 1881).

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY
Date: ?
Nature: Reconstruction of large portion.
Refs: Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 365

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SOUTH QUAY WALLS
Date: ?
Nature: From Ringsend Basin to Creighton St.
Refs: IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, VICTORIA QUAY, GUINNESS'S WHARF
Date: ?
Nature: -
Refs: IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, QUEEN'S QUAY
Date: ?
Nature: WJD contractor.
Refs: Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 365, and IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WATERWORKS
Date: ?
Nature: WJD contractor.
Refs: ICEI admissions applications, I, 141; Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 365

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, WATERWORKS
Date: ?
Nature: WJD contractor.
Refs: Min Proc ICE 135 (1898-99) Pt 1, 366, and IB 40, 1 Mar 1898, 38.

Author Title Date Details
Doherty, William James 'Description of Cofferdams used at Dublin, Birkenhead and Hull' 1878 Min.Proc.Inst.CE 51, Pt. 1 (1877-78), 137-150. (Paper read 11 Dec 1877.)