EDWARDS, THOMAS *
- Born: 1815 Died: 1882
Railway contrtactor. Thomas Edwards was born on 21 January 1815 at Iss-y-Coed, near Wrexham, the third son of William Edwards. While still a boy he entered the service of WILLIAM DARGAN , with whom he was associated until Dargan died. He acted as executive office and manager on the railway lines for which Dargan had contracted, and was engaged on the construction of lines for the Midland Great Western, Ulster, Great Southern & Western, and Dublin & Wicklow railway companies. His last work was the completion of the line to Wexford. After this he lived in retirement at Clonhasten, near Enniscorthy, until his death on 19 November 1882. He is described in his obituary in the Irish Builder as 'an earnest, indefatigable, and conscientious worker', who 'possessed great influence over those under him, from the unbounded trust, which they reposed in his ability, judgment, and sympathy'. There was also a Robert Edwards who worked for Dargan as manager of works on the Tramore & Waterford and Ballymena & Portrush railways circa 1853-56.(1)
ICEI: elected associate, 1874.(2)
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Edwards in IB 25, 15 Feb 1883, 64.
(1) 'Testimonials of Mr. Patrick Hanlon' in Jones file H22A.
(2) ICEI admissions applications, I, 139.