Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and CE, of Clones, Co. Monaghan. William Robert Potts, a son of William Potts, farmer, of Drum, Co. Monaghan, and his wife Ann Jane (née Jordan), was born in 19 October 1867.(1) He joined the Royal Engineers at an early age and was employed for a time on harbour works in Singapore. This was followed by a period in South Africa during the first decade of the new century. He had left the Army and returned to Ireland by the spring of 1912,(2) when he is recorded as designing a labourers' cottage scheme for the Clones No 1 Rural District Council.(3) He established himself in private practice as an architect and engineer in the Diamond, Clones.

Potts lived in Clones until the last months of his life, when he fell ill with cancer and became a patient in the Mater Hospital in Dublin. He died in 1944 and was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. He was married to Caroline Agatha (née Boardman) and had a son, who was in the British Army, and two daughters.

RIAI: elected member, 1923.(4)

Address: Greenbank, Clones, 1913-1914;(5) The Diamond, Clones, 1914-1944.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Potts's grandson Senan Molony of Dublin (personal communication) and from RIAI lists of members.

(1) Day and month from www.familysearch.org.
(2) He does not appear in the Irish census of April 1911.
(3) IB 54, 25 May 1912, 319.
(4) JRIAI (1924), 15.
(5) IB 55, 10 May 1913, 320; 56, 9 May 1914, 296.


8 work entries listed in chronological order for POTTS, WILLIAM ROBERT


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Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CLONES, HOUSES (034)
Date: 1912
Nature: Labourers' cottage scheme of 34 houses at total cost of £6,392, for Clones No. 1 RDC.
Refs: IB 54, 25 May,23 Nov 1912, 319,667.

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, NEWTOWNBUTLER, RECTORY
Date: 1913
Nature: New rectory for parish of Galloon.
Refs: IB 55, 22 Nov 1913, 744

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CLONES, HIGH SCHOOL
Date: 1914
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 56, 9 May 1914, 296

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, NEWTOWNBUTLER, CHURCH OF ST COMGALL (CI, GALLOON PARISH)
Date: 1918
Nature: Renovation.
Refs: IB 60, 12 Oct 1918, 396

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CLONES, CLARA STREET, PROTESTANT RECREATION HALL
Date: 1922-1926
Nature: Building mooted 1922 but tender of J. Kelly not accepted until Sep 1926..
Refs: IB 64, 14 Jan,25 Feb 1922, 22,118; 65, 19 May 1923, 385; 68, 4 Sep 1926, 682; B 128, 20 Jan 1922, 128;   Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 275-6.

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, NEWBLISS, MASONIC HALL
Date: 1927
Nature: FS laid. Architect: 'Br. Potts'. Builder: James Kelly, Clones.
Refs: IB 69, 29 Oct 1927, 801; Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 295.

Building: CO. CAVAN, CORLEA, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1929
Nature: Repairs.
Refs: IB 81, 8 Jul 1939, 594

Building: CO. CLARE, COOLMEEN, HOUSE
Date: 1930s
Nature: Private house for his relatives Mr & Mrs Sean Kenny, with innovative pumped water system.
Refs: Information from WRP's grandson, Mr Senan Molony (personal communication)