BODDIE, CHARLES LITTLEBOY
- Born: 1861 Died: 1924
County surveyor for Co. Derry, 1900-1924. Charles Boddie, a son of George Boddie, of Moneymusk, Aberdeenshire, was born on 8 October 1861 at Straffan, Co. Kildare. He was educated in Belfast and was a student of the Royal University, where he studied arts and engineering. He received his engineering training with the Belfast & Northern Counties Railway Company under ROBERT COLLINS . In 1889 he was appointed the company's resident district engineer at Coleraine, remaining in this position until his appointment as county surveyor for Co. Derry in February 1900. He was the first county surveyor to be appointed under the Local Government (Ireland) Act of 1898. In 1905 he was short-listed for the position of county surveyor for Derbyshire.(1)
Boddie's proposed reorganization of the road system in Co. Derry remained unexecuted at the time of his death, which took place at his home in Lodge Road, Coleraine, on 6 June 1924, after an illness lasting over six months. He had married Elizabeth Anne, daughter of Thomas Edwards, of Stisted, Braintree, Essex, on 3 August 1885, and had five sons and a daughter.
Inst.CE: elected associate member, 7 February 1899.(2) Association of Municipal and County Engineers: elected member, 25 May 1907.(3)
Address: Home: Harbour View, Coleraine, Co. Derry, 1909; 1 Portrush Road, Coleraine, 1911;(4) Lodge Road, Coleraine, at time of death.
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the biography of Boddie in R.M. Young, Belfast and the Province of Ulster in the 20th Century (1909), 594, which is illustrated with a portrait photograph, from the obituary in IB 66, 28 Jun 1924, 558, and from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 101-102, which gives the fullest account of Boddie's career, and reproduces the portrait in Young, loc. cit. (Pl. 68).
(1) IB 47, 21 Oct 1905, 746.
(2) Min.Proc.Inst.CE 137 ((1898-1899, Pt. III), 2.
(3) Proceedings of the Association of Municipal & County Engineers 34 (1907-8), list of members, ix.
(4) 1911 census of Ireland, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ (last visited Oct 2009). This may be the same house as Harbour View.
4 work entries listed in chronological order for BODDIE, CHARLES LITTLEBOY
|Building:||CO. DERRY, DERRY, BISHOP STREET, COUNTY COURT HOUSE|
|Nature:||Modifications and re-roofing. Cost: £3,500.|
|Refs:||Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 102|
|Building:||CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, CASTLEROCK ROAD, COURT HOUSE|
|Nature:||Extensions at rear and renovation (virtual reconstruction).|
|Refs:||IB 50, 27 Jun 1908, 405; W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings…in Coleraine and Portstewart (UAHS, 1972),25; C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 84|
|Building:||CO. ANTRIM, TOOMEBRIDGE, WEIR|
|Nature:||Repairs, with J.H. Brett.|
|Refs:||Building News 99, 19 Aug 1910, 259|
|Building:||CO. DERRY, LIMAVADY, MAIN STREET, COURT HOUSE|
|Nature:||New courthouse. Tenders, 1913.|
|Refs:||IB 55, ? ? 1913, 596; 57, ? ? 1915, 57; C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 88; W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings in North Derry (UAHS, 1975), 8(no. 2),11(illus.)|