SCOTT, HAROLD KYLE
- Born: 1912 Died: -
County surveyor for Co. Derry, 1946-1977. Harold Kyle Scott was born in Derry circa 1912. He studied engineering at Queen's University, Belfast, graduating with the BSc (Eng) degree in 1932. After graduating he was appointed an assistant county engineer for Co. Tyrone. He remained in the post until 1940 when he joined the British Army. In 1941 he received a commission in the Royal Engineers and the following year was sent to the Middle East, where he remained for the rest of the war, rising to the rank of lieutenant-colonel.
In April 1946 Scott was appointed county surveyor for Co. Derry. He had a particular interest in the development and improvement of roads in the county and in 1970 became the first Irish engineer to be elected president of the Insititution of Highway Engineers. The following year he was awarded the OBE.(1) When local government in Northern Ireland was reorganised in 1973, the post of county surveyor was abolished and the county surveyors were retitled divisional road managers and relegated to the roads service of the Ministry of Development. Scott, who was dismayed by the new arrangements, retired in 1977.
All information in this entry is from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 298.
1) Irish Times, 1 Jan 1971 (information from Brendan O'Donoghue, 2015).