Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Civil engineer and architect, of Dublin and Waterford, active from the end of the 1860s until 1909. James Otway received the BA degree and Licence in Civil Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1868.(1) He then served a one-year pupilage at Inchicore, under ALEXANDER MCDONNELL ALEXANDER MCDONNELL , locomotive engineer of the Great Southern & Western Railway, and spent the following two years - 1869 and 1870 - in the office of JOHN BOWER JOHN BOWER , working on drainage and other schemes. In 1870 he became an assistant engineer on the Dublin Main Drainage under PARKE NEVILLE.  PARKE NEVILLE.

Otway spent a large part of his career in Co. Waterford, moving there in 1874 to work for TRAVERS HARTLEY FALKINER  TRAVERS HARTLEY FALKINER and his partner Sir Thomas Tancred, contractors for the Lismore to Dungarvan section of the Waterford, Dungarvan & Lismore Railway. From 1875 to 1876 he was in charge of the construction of the Waterford waterworks, also under Falkiner. He was appointed engineer of the Waterford & Tramore Railway in 1877 and of the Waterford, Dungarvan & Lismore Railway in 1878. He was also engineer to the Waterford Harbour Board from the late 1870s until 1898 or 1899, to the Waterford Lunatic Asylum during the 1890s,(2) and to the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours Co., circa 1900.(3)

From circa 1875 until circa 1883 Otway was in partnership with ROBERT WATT  ROBERT WATT of Belfast, with whom he designed at least two country houses and entered the competition for the Holy Ghost Hospital in Waterford. Otway and Watt exhibited 'architectural drawings' at the Cork Industrial Exhibition of 1883.(4) In 1879 he collaborated with CHARLES RICHARD GALWEY  CHARLES RICHARD GALWEY of Waterford in preparing proposals for a bridge to replace Lemuel Cox's wooden bridge over the River Suir at Waterford, and later, in 1893 he prepared another proposal for a new bridge.(5)

After some twenty years or more in Waterford, Otway returned to Dublin. By 1900 he was again working for the Great Southern & Western Railway at Inchicore. He retired in 1909. His pupils and assistants included JAMES HERON [2] JAMES HERON [2] , DAVID MEGAW DAVID MEGAW , WILLIAM FRIEL  WILLIAM FRIEL and JOHN FRANCIS SIDES.  JOHN FRANCIS SIDES.

ICEI: elected member, 1882;(6) reads paper on 'The Port and Harbour of Waterford', 13 January 1886,(7) for which he was awarded the Smith Premium;(8) no longer a member in 1896.
Inst.CE: elected member, 6 February 1883.
RIAI: elected associate, 17 March 1870;(9) resigned, January 1871;(10) elected member, November 1878, but membership cancelled because he did not pay his subscription.(11)

Addresses: 60 Upper Sackville Street, 1870.(12)
Home: 20 Northbrook Road, Dublin, 1908.

See WORKS and BIBLIOGRAPHY. BIBLIOGRAPHY.



References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the records of Inst.CE, kindly supplied by Mrs Carol Morgan.

(1)
R.C. Cox, compiler, Trinity College School of Engineering: 'Graduates' in Engineering 1843-1992 (1993), unpaginated.
(2)
46th Report on District, Criminal and Private Lunatic Asylums (1897), 30.
(3)
Edmund Downey, Waterford's Bridges (Waterford News, n.d.), ?.
(4)
Nos. 691-693, see IALE, II, 540,757.
(5)
Downey, op.cit., above.
(6)
TICEI lists of members.
(7)
TICEI 17 (1885-6), 82-95.
(8)
TICEI 18 (1886-7), report of council, 1887, 2.
(9)
RIAI council meeting minutes, 7 Feb 1870, 139; general meeting minutes, 17 Feb,17 Mar 1870, 237,239.
(10)
RIAI council meeting minutes, 5 Jan 1871, 153.
(11)
IAA, RIAI office archives (Acc. 93/136), membership forms 1878-1909 (extremely fragile).
(12)
See note 8, above.


7 work entries listed in chronological order for OTWAY, JAMES


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Building: CO. WATERFORD, CAPPAGH HOUSE (CAPPOQUIN)
Date: 1875
Nature: With Robert Watt, for R.J. Ussher.
Refs: IAA, PKS B06a/13; Architect 77, 28 Jul 1877, 46(illus.); Mark Bence-Jones, Burke’s Guide to Country Houses. Volume I, Ireland. (London, 1978), 56

Building: CO. WATERFORD, SUMMERVILLE (DUNMORE EAST)
Date: 1878
Nature: New house, with Robert Watt, for Hon. Dudley F. Fortescue. (Description of property in notice of sale in Irish Times, 18 Jan,1 Feb 1900.
Refs: Architect 19, 19 Jan 1878, 38(illus.); Mark Bence-Jones, Burke’s Guide to Country Houses. Volume I, Ireland. (London, 1978), 92.

Building: CO. WATERFORD, WATERFORD, BRIDGE OVER RIVER SUIR
Date: 1879;1893
Nature: Prepares proposals with Charles Richard Galwey for new bridge to replace Lemuel Cox's wooden bridge. Unexecuted. Further proposal by Otway, alone, 1893. Proposal for railway bridge at Granagh, 1900
Refs: Edmund Downey, Waterford's Bridges (Waterford News, n.d.), ?; information from Brendan O'Donoghue

Building: CO. WATERFORD, WATERFORD, CORK ROAD, HOSPITAL OF THE HOLY GHOST
Date: 1880
Nature: James Otway & Robert Watt competition entrants.
Refs: IB 22, 15 Jul 1880, 205

Building: CO. LAOIS, GRANSTON MANOR
Date: 1885
Nature: Works for 2nd Baron Castletown with Robert Watt. Subject of arbitration, Otway & Watt v. Lord Castletown, 1886. (Arbitrator: Thomas Drew)
Refs: IAA, PKS B13/18, L9 (pp.530,646,653,660,668,769)

Building: CO. WATERFORD, WATERFORD, UPPER GRANGE ROAD, DISTRICT LUNATIC ASYLUM
Date: 1888-1898
Nature: Works at same. Alts to male wing and 'refractory division', 1888-89. Contractor: G. Nolan. Further more extensive works from 1893.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0734, B14/19, B15/05, B16/08, B17/25, B18/01, A07 (May 1888-Nov 1889, Aug 1893, pp.306,338,447), A08 (Nov 1897); 46th Report on District, Criminal and Private Lunatic Asylums (1897), 30.

Building: CO. WATERFORD, WATERFORD, ?, BREWERY (DAVIS, STRANGMAN & CO.)
Date: 1898
Nature: Alterations. Resident engineer: John F. Sides.
Refs: Candidate's circular of John F. Sides for admission as member of Inst.CE, 1899, from Inst.CE archives (courtesy of Susannah Roberts)

Author Title Date Details
Otway, James 'The port and harbour of Waterford' 1886 TICEI 17 (1885-6), 82-95