Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

County surveyor for Co. Armagh, 1846-1886. Henry Davison, son of Thomas Davison, of Glearm, Co. Antrim, and his wife, Margaret, was born in 1818 or 1819.   He passed the county surveyorship examinations in 1841 and, after turning down several offers from other counties, was appointed county surveyor for Armagh on 21 February 1846 in succession to HENRY LINDSAY HENRY LINDSAY . He held the post for forty years, retiring in October 1886, when he was succeeded by RICHARD DORMAN RICHARD DORMAN . He died at Melbourne Terrace, Armagh, on 2 January 1901 and was buried in St Mark's churchyard three days later. He was survived by his wife, Alicia, eldest daughter of Robert Cope Hardy, whom he had married in Armagh on 22 April 1846,(1) and at least two daughters.(2)

Addresses: Gosford Place, Armagh, 1846->=1863;(3) Russell Street, Armagh, 1888 until death.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for, is from the notice of Davison's death in Ulster Gazette, 9 Feb 1901, and from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 144-145, which gives a fuller account of his career.  Further genealogical details were supplied by Hector Deane, Belfast, Aug 2011.

(1) www.familysearch.org records the marriage of Henry Davison and Alicia Hardy at Armagh on 22 April 1846. Alicia Hardy was probably related to Alexander Hardy of Armagh, q.v.
(2) They were living with their mother at the time of the 1901 census.
(3) George Henry Bassett, The Book of County Armagh (1888), 133, and 1901 census return.

2 work entries listed in chronological order for DAVISON, HENRY

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Date: 1860-63
Nature: Alts. & improvements including new wing, refitting of courts &c. Tenders invited Jun-Jul 1860. With Thomas Turner? Contractor: Thomas Ross.
Refs: Armagh Guardian, 15 Jun,6 Jul 1860; B 18, ? ? 1860, 441; DB 2, 1 Jul 1860, 301; R. McKinstry et al., The Buildings of Armagh (UAHS, 1992), 153, attribute work to HD but this work is mentioned in partnership contract between Thomas Turner and Thomas Drew, PRONI D1905 (B. of I.);  Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 121.

Date: 1872-3
Nature: New, with Thomas Turner.
Refs: Drawings in collection of McLaughlin & Harvey, contractors (in 1970s) (B. of I.); C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 40,41(illus.);  Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 431, Pl..108.