BURDEN, ALEXANDER MITCHELL
- Born: 1864 Died: 1923
County surveyor for Kilkenny, 1894-1923. Alexander Mitchell Burden, elder son of Henry Burden, M.D., of Alfred Street, Belfast, and his wife Anna Maccormac,(1) was born in Belfast on 12 October 1864 and named after his great-grandfather ALEXANDER MITCHELL . (2) He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution from 1875 until 1882 and at Queen's College, Belfast, from 1882 to 1885, gaining first class honours in the BE degree examination.(2) He was a Gold Medallist of the Royal University of Ireland. Following his graduation from Queen's, he spent three years as assistant to ALEXANDER TATE and JOHN HENRY BRETT , YOUNG & amp; MACKENZIE and JOHN LANYON. F rom 1888 until 1892 he was in Argentina, working on the Buenos Ayres Great Southern railway. On his return to Europe, he was engaged as a surveyor on the civil staff of the Royal Engineers. After obtaining second place in the qualifying examination for Irish county surveyorships, he was appointed county surveyor for Kilkenny in November 1894. He held the post until February 1923, when he finally resigned after ill health had prevented him from working for a year. He died on 9 March 1923. He was a Unitarian.(3) He married Elizabeth, daughter of James Sullivan, of Lacken Hall, Co. Kilkenny, proprietor of Sullivan's Brewery, in 1898 or 1899. At the time of the 1911 census the couple had three sons and a daughter, Elizabeth. Elizabeth married Burden's successor in the surveyorship, RICHARD FRANCIS BOWEN . Burden's pupils and assistants included WILLIAM FITZ-GERALD BARRY.
ICEI: elected member, 7 February 1912.(4)
Inst.CE: elected member, 7 April 1891.(5)
Address: Bellevue, Kilkenny, <=1906 until death.(6)
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Burden's candidate's circular for admission to membership of Inst.CE (kindly supplied by Mrs Carol Morgan, archivist, Inst.CE), from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 117-119, which gives the fullest account of Burden's life and career as a county surveyor, from IB 36, 15 Jan 1894, 23, from the obituary of Burden in the Kilkenny People, 17 Mar 1923, and from Brendan O'Donoghue's research notes.
(1) Burden's parents' names are given in www.familysearch.org, which gives his date of birth as 13 October, rather than 12 October as stated by Burden himself in his Inst. CE membership application.
(2) According to O'Donoghue, loc. cit., Mitchell's daughter Margaret married Burden's grandfather William Burden, first professor of midwifery at Queen's College, Belfast.
(3) Calendar of the Royal University of Ireland (1886) (B.O'D.).
(3) Queen's University matriculation register (B.O'D.).
(4) TICEI 38 (1912), 85.
(5) Charter…and list of members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (1914), 162.
(6) IB 50, 25 Jul 1908, 465; TICEI lists of members.
11 work entries listed in chronological order for BURDEN, ALEXANDER MITCHELL
|Building:||CO. KILKENNY, CALLAN, UNION WORKHOUSE|
|Refs:||IB 43, 26 Sep 1901, 874; 48, 8 Sep 1906, 742|
|Building:||CO. KILKENNY, KILKENNY, WATER SUPPLY|
|Nature:||AMB & L.L. Macassey engineers for new Kilkenny waterworks, for Kilkenny Corporation.|
|Refs:||IB 44, 9 Oct 1902, 1440; 47, 22 Apr 1905, 269|
|Building:||CO. KILKENNY, KILKENNY, HEBRON ROAD, UNION WORKHOUSE|
|Nature:||2 sanitary annexes; drainage|
|Refs:||IB 44, 4,18 Jun,16 Jul 1903, 1806,1830,1883; 56, 18 Jul 1914, 448|
|Building:||CO. KILKENNY, TALBOT'S INCH (KILKENNY), TOBACCO CURING FACILITY|
|Nature:||AB architect for project. For Otway Cuffe.|
|Refs:||Nicola Gordon Bowe, '"The wild heath has broken out again in the heather field': Philanthropic endeavour and Arts and Crafts achievement in early 20th-century Kilkenny, Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies II (1999), 73|
|Building:||CO. KILKENNY, GREENVALE (KILKENNY), KILKENNY WOOLLEN MILLS|
|Nature:||AMB executant architect for new mill, designed by Hunter. For Otway Cuffe.|
|Refs:||Nicola Gordon Bowe, '"The wild heath has broken out again in the heather field': Philanthropic endeavour and Arts and Crafts achievement in early 20th-century Kilkenny, Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies II (1999), 72,74-5(illus.)|
|Building:||CO. KILKENNY, KILKENNY-INISTIOGE CANAL|
|Nature:||Designs and estimates for renewal of same. Not carried out.|
|Refs:||Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 119|
|Building:||CO. KILKENNY, ARCHERSTOWN HOUSE|
|Nature:||AMB supervising architect for new house, for James Poe, LL.D., on banks of River Nore designed by W.M. Mitchell & Sons. Contractor: T.A. Walsh, Kilmallock & Kilkenny.|
|Refs:||IB 50, 25 Jul 1908, 465; 50, 11 Jan 1908, 22(illus.)|
|Building:||CO. KILKENNY, KILKENNY, ST JOHN'S BRIDGE|
|Nature:||New single-span ferro-concrete bridge in association with L.G. Mouchel & Partners.|
|Refs:||IB 52, 12 Nov 1910, 692; Nicola Gordon Bowe, '"The wild heath has broken out again in the heather field': Philanthropic endeavour and Arts and Crafts achievement in early 20th-century Kilkenny, Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies II (1999), 86; Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 118|
|Building:||CO. WATERFORD, WATERFORD, BRIDGE OVER RIVER SUIR|
|Nature:||AMB engineer-in-chief for new ferro-concrete bridge with lifting section. With M. Mouchel, chief engineer of Hennebique Co., & W.E. L'Estrange Duffin. Contractors: Kinnear, Moodie & Co., Glasgow. (Lifting portion of bridge designed by Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co., Darlington; opening mechanism designed by Claude W.Hill, Westminster.)|
|Refs:||IB 52, 9 Jul 1910, 450; 53, 18 Feb 1911, 121; 55, 4 Jan 1913, 6; J.O. Moynan, 'A short description of the existing bridges at Waterford and Portumna and of the proposed new bridges to replace them', TICEI 36 (1909-10), 224-250 (also published in IB 52, 25 Jun 1910, 405); Edmund Downey, Waterford's Bridges (Waterford News, n.d.), ?; Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 118-9|
|Building:||CO. KILKENNY, KILKENNY, DUBLIN ROAD, LACKEN HALL|
|Nature:||Reconstruction in connection with asylum extensions, Kilkenny. (This was the house of AMB's parents-in-law.)|
|Refs:||IA & C 1, 22 Apr 1911, 173; IB 53, 27 May,9 Dec 1911, 362,822|
|Building:||CO. KILKENNY, KILMANAGH, CHURCH OF ST AIDAN (CI)|
|Nature:||Reconstruction. Only walls of old building remain, which have been raised by 2 feet, Belfry raised. Rose window in N gable, Celtic cross &c. Contractor: T.A. Walsh, John St, Kilkenny (work ) supervised by Thomas Connolly, local manager).|
IB 57, 17 Jul 1915, 326; exterior illus. in Clergy of Ossory (Ulster Historical Foundation, 2013), 43;