- Born: - Died: 1761
Canal engineer. William Ockenden is believed to have been a native of Holland,(1) like THOMAS OMER . He came to Ireland in 1756, a year after Omer, and was placed in charge of the technically challenging Limerick-Killaloe navigation, the Blackwater Navigation and the Nore Navigation from Kilkenny to Inistioge, receiving a salary of £250 per annum for each separate responsibility. He died in June 1761, leaving all three schemes incomplete. He was succeeded in the Nore Navigation works by GEORGE SMITH , but none of the three schemes ever came to fruition.
All information in this entry is from V.T.H. & D.R. Delany, The Canals of the South of Ireland (1966), 139,140,141,154, and R. Delany, A Celebration of 250 Years of Ireland's Inland Waterways (1988), 23,50,62,65,67-8, which see for further details of Ockenden's career in Ireland.
(1) His name however is an English one. Might he have been the son of Josiah Ockenden, an English Presbyterian, settled in the Netherlands, who married Jane Bamfort, another English Presbyterian, in Rotterdam on 29 October 1729 (www.familysearch.org)?