TELFORD, THOMAS #
- Born: 1757 Died: 1834
Scottish-born civil engineer and architect, for whom see Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (3rd edn., 1995), 969-971. Acccording to Joyce,(1) Telford made improvements to the Howth Road in connection with Rennie's new harbour at Howth in 1809 as part of his overall plans for improved communications between London and Dublin. Some ten years later he wrote a report on Waterford Harbour.(2) He was the original designer of the Ulster Canal, the works for which were subsequently entrusted to his pupil THOMAS CASEBOURNE. (3)
Plans for Belfast Harbour by an engineer named Telford are in the the PRO (Kew); however these are dated 1838, four years after Thomas Telford's death.(4)
It was on Telford's recommendation that his assistant ALEXANDER EASTON was appointed Inspector of Works for Maryborough (Portlaoise) prison circa 1824.(5)
(1) W. St John Joyce, The Neighbourhood of Dublin (1939), 318-19; according to NA/PRO (Kew) Guide to Maps & Plans), there are plans by Telford for improved communications between England and Ireland dated 1809(?) in the collection (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).
(2) A letter from an unidentified engineer to the Commissioners of Customs, 1 Nov 1`821, expresses agreement with Telford's report (NA CSO/RP/1821/186).
(3) Obiturary of Thomas Casebourne in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 24 (1865), 527.
(4) NA/PRO, MR666 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).
(5) NA/SPO, CSORP 1824/9669 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).