FERGUSON, JAMES RANDAL ALEXANDER
- Born: 1854/55 Died: -
County surveyor for the northern division of Co. Donegal. James Ferguson, who, according to the 1911 census, was born in Belfast in 1854 or 1855. He was an engineering scholar at Queen's College, Belfast, obtaining the BE degree in 1875.(1) After serving as an assistant county surveyor in Co. Antrim, he was appointed county surveyor for the whole of Co. Donegal in 1892(2) in place of FREDERICK GAHAN and WILLIAM HARTE , who had been county surveyors for the southern and northern districts respectively, and remained in the post, based in Derry City, until July 1912, when he resigned 'on the peremptory advice of his medical advisers'.(3) In September 1912 he was succeeded by JAMES HARDIE STEADMAN. (4) At the time of the 1911 census, he was unmarried.
Address: 33 The Rock, Derry, 1899.(5)
(1) Michael H. Gould, 150 years of Civil Engineering at Queen's 1849-1999 (Queen's University, Belfast, n.d.), 178.
(2) Donegal Independent, 8 Jan 1892 (reference from Brendan O'Donoghue).
(3) Donegal Vindicator, 12 Jul 1912 (reference from Brendan O'Donoghue).
(4) Building News 103, 20 Sep 1912, 397.
(5) Donegal Independent, 10 Mar 1899 (reference from Brendan O'Donoghue).