Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

County surveyor for the Southern Division of Co. Down, 1862-1889. Bernard Murray, son of Patrick Murray, silk manufacturer, of Francis Street, Dublin, and his wife Frances (née Tennent) was born in Dublin circa 1823. After attending school at St Vincent's College, Castleknock, he entered Trinity College, Dublin, on 5 November 1839 at the age of sixteen,(1) obtaining the BA degree in 1844 and the Diploma in Civil Engineering the following year.(2) During the next seven years he worked for a time in America and then returned to practise privately in Dublin, initially from his mother's house in Usher's Island. In 1862 he was appointed county surveyor for the Southern Division of Co. Down, starting work in Newry in September of that year. He held the post for the rest of his life. He was also engineer to the Newry Navigation. He died on 14 May 1889, when he was on the point of retirement, and was buried in St. Mary's Catholic (the Old Chapel) graveyard in Newry. He was married twice: first to Barbara Mary Power (1821-1879), from Cork, by whom he had two daughters, and second to Mary Constance Barry (1843-1933).

Addresses: 14 Usher's Island, Dublin; 69 Lower Gardiner Street, <=1853-1857.
Home: South Lodge, Downshire Road, Newry, <=1881(3) until death.(4)



References

All information in this entry not otherwise attributed in from Murray's obituary in the Newry Telegraph, 16 May 1889, and from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 262-3, which gives the fullest account of Murray's career.

(1)
G.D. Burtchaell & T.U. Sadleir, eds., Alumni Dublinenses (1935), 607.
(2)
R.C. Cox, compiler, Trinity College School of Engineering: 'Graduates' in Engineering 1843-1992 (1993), unpaginated.
(3)
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/ (2008)
(4)
Newry Telegraph, 18 May 1889 (B.O'D.).


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Building: CO. DOWN, NEWRY, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1869
Nature: Proposals for same. With John C. Bower, for Newry Town Commissioners.
Refs: John Bower, Reports & observations on the… supply of water to…Newry, Dublin, 1870; Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 107