BATT, WILLIAM 
- Born: - Died: -
Architect, of Derry(?) and Belfast, who appears to have been the father of WILLIAM BATT  and to have been in partnership with JOHN BOYD in the firm of BOYD & BATT from circa 1862 until 1871.(1) A William Batt joined masonic lodge No. 69 in Derry in October 1862, was raised in December 1862, and became an affiliated member of Lodge No. 154, Belfast, in 1867(2). This would correspond with the fact that the firm of Boyd & Batt is described in notices in the Irish Builder in 1862 and 1863 as being of Belfast and Derry but is not so described in later references. The fact that between 1873 and 1882 William Batt  is often, though not always, referred to as William Batt, jr., suggests that the elder Batt died in the early 1880s.
(1) He was possibly the son of the Rev. William Batt of Belfast (1768-1855), who in his will of 29 October 1851 (proved 13 Jul 1855) bequeathed the remainder on his lands of Corra, Co. Wexford, and Cottonmount, Co. Antrim, to 'my son William Batt and his issue by any woman he may marry other than Mary Baker with whom he has for some time co-habited'; he also left his son William his lands of Coolcull, Co. Wexford, and Ballyhack and his house in Donegall Place in Belfast (information from John Batt, Dublin).
(2) GLFI archives.
1 work entries listed in chronological order for BATT, WILLIAM 
|Building:||CO. DOWN, PORTAFERRY, THE SQUARE, ORANGE HALL|
|Nature:||Possible attr. to WB suggested by Brett|
|Refs:||G.P. Bell, C.E.B. Brett, R. Matthew, Portaferry & Strangford (UAHS, 1969), 11|