Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder, of Arklow, Co. Wicklow, and proprietor of the Arklow Brick and Tile Co..   Alexander McGowan, who was born in Co. Antrim in 1863 or 1864 appears to have moved to Arklow in 1899 or 1900.(1)  In 1901 he built himself a house at The Mount, Arklow.(2)   Although recorded as a Presbyterian in the 1901 census, by the time of the 1911 census he had become a member of the Church of Ireland. He died on 30 October 1920 and was buried in the graveyard of Kilbride and Ennereilly parish church.  His wife, Sarah Agnes, whom he had married in 1896 or 1897, and the youngest of his three children, Gretta, were buried in the same plot.

Address: 7 Lower Main Street, Arklow, 1901;  Ticknock, Arklow, 1911.



References

Information not otherwise attributed is from the 1911 census of Ireland, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ (last visited Nov 2009). 

(1) Wicklow Newsletter, 7 Dec 1901.


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Building: CO. WICKLOW, ARKLOW, MOUNT, HOUSE
Date: 1901
Nature: 'Mr McGowan, builder, has built for himself on the 'Mount', Arklow, a very prettily designed residence' near parish church.
Refs: Wicklow Newsletter, 7 Dec 1901.

Building: CO. WICKLOW, ARKLOW, FLASH ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1902
Nature: Plans for house, drawn by Mr McGowan, have just been submitted to Lord Carysfort by James Tyrrell.
Refs: Wicklow Newsletter, 31 May 1902.

Building: CO. WICKLOW, ARKLOW, STATION ROAD, FEVER HOSPITAL
Date: 1902
Nature: Conversion of old dispensary building into fever hospital.
Refs: Wicklow Newsletter, 15 Feb 1902.