Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Civil engineer and land valuator, of Belfast.   Robert B. Forbes, who was born in Dublin in 1852 or 1853, can probably be identified as Robert Butler Forbes, son of John Forbes, a gardener, and his wife, Anne, who was christened in the Church of Ireland church at Milltown, Dublin, on 6 February 1853.(1)   He was trained in the Ordnance Survey Department of Ireland and subsequently joined the Royal Engineers.  At the time of the 1881 census he was lodging in Shenfield Common, Essex, with his wife Florence and one-year-old son, ROBERT EDWIN FORBES ROBERT EDWIN FORBES . He was in Malta circa 1894 and served with the Royal Engineers in the Sudan campaign of 1896-98, winning a medal and clasp. He was subsequently sent to Carrickfergus by the War Office in connection with the strengthening of the defences of Belfast Lough and was placed in charge of works connected with the submarine mining of the lough.  He is recorded in the Irish census of 1901 as living in Carrickfergus.  After the completion of this work he resigned his commission and set up in practice as a civil engineer and land valuator in Belfast. He died in 1909.  His son Robert Edwin also trained as an engineer.


All information in this entrynot otherwise attributed is from the obituary of Forbes in Building News 97, 22 Oct 1909, 628 and from the Irish census of 1901.

(1) Registers of Milltown church in Irish Genealogy, www.irishgenealogy.ie (last visited Jul 2010).