BEATTY, JOSEPH NICHOLSON
- Born: 1868 Died: 1939
County surveyor for Antrim, 1927-1934. Joseph Beatty was born on 5 December 1868 at Donaghcloney, Co. Down. He was educated at Lurgan College and, from November 1889 until May 1893, was an engineering student at Queen's College, Belfast, obtaining the BE degree from the Royal University of Ireland in July 1893. The following month he was engaged as clerk of works on the construction of roads and footpaths under PATRICK CHALMERS COWAN , county surveyor of Co. Down, and in December of the same year was appointed an assistant surveyor in the Belfast district of Co. Down. In 1896 he went to England to join the staff of Naylor Brothers as engineer on the Ashbourne and Buxton Railway. He left Naylor Brothers and returned to Ireland in 1903, when he was appointed special assistant to JOHN HENRY BRETT , county surveyor of Antrim, in place of DAVID MEGAW , who had gone on long leave because of ill health.(1) In 1927 he was appointed county surveyor, at a salary of £800, (2) holding the post until his retirement in 1934. He died on 11 April 1939. According to the 1911 census, he had married his wife, Margaret Elizabeth, circa 1907; at the time of the census he had two children.
Beatty had a keen interest in agriculture and after his retirement ran a farm at Donaghcloney, although he continued to live in Belfast. He was associated with the construction of early concrete roads in Co. Antrim, the first county in the North of Ireland where they were laid down on an extensive scale.
Inst.CE: elected student member, 26 January 1892; elected associate member, 1 February 1898.
Addresses: Donaghcloney, Co. Down, 1892; 9 Mount Charles, Belfast, April 1894; 8 Cameron Street, Belfast, June 1894; Ivy House, Hartington, Derbyshire, 1898; Naylor Brothers, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, Febrary 1899; Naylor Brothers, Raymond Street, Chester, November 1899; Naylor Brothers, Clifton, Penrith, March 1903; 132 Clifton Park Avenue, Belfast, September 1904; Hartington, 11 Waterloo Gardens, Belfast, <=July 1907->=1911.
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Beatty in IB 81, 29 Apr 1939, 351, from Beatty's candidate's circular for the Inst.CE, 24 Dec 1897, with other information from the records of the Inst.CE, kindly supplied by Mrs Carol Morgan. The fullest account of Beatty's career is in Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 94-95.
(1) IB 45, 31 Dec 1903, 3058.
(2) IB 69, 12 Nov 1927, 841.