Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Chief engineer to the Office of Public Works, Dublin, 1863-1874. William Forsyth had entered the employment of the engineer's department of Office of Public Works at least by 1849(1) and is almost certainly the same person as the W. Forsyth, who wrote reports on the drainage of the flooded lands in Loughs Oughter and Gowna, and River Erne drainage and navigation district, on the drainage of the Leesborough district in Co. Cavan, and on the drainage of the flooded lands in the Lough Erne navigation district, published in Dublin in 1846,1847 and 1849 respectively.(2) By 1863 he had risen to the position of chief engineer. He was succeeded by his assistant engineer, ROBERT MANNING ROBERT MANNING , in 1874. He is probably the William Forsyth, CE, who died on 14 September 1888 at the age of ninety and was buried in Mount Jerome cemetery.(3)

ICEI: member by 1849;(4) not in list of members for 1870.(5)

Address: 99 Seville Place, 1874.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Thom's & Post Office Directories.

(1) TICEI 3 (1847-49), list of members.
(2) Anglo-Celt, 22 Jan 1847.
(3) Headstone in Mount Jerome Cemetery (information from O'Donoghue).
(4) See note 1, above.
(5) IB 15 Aug 1870, 197.

1 work entries listed in chronological order for FORSYTH, WILLIAM [2]

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Date: 1867
Nature: New pier, 200 x 35ft. In progress, 1867. Builder: William Murphy, Bantry.
Refs: IB 9, 15 May 1867, 127; B 25, 8 Jun 1867, 406

Author Title Date Details
Forsyth, William 'Construction and use of a diving bell' 1844 TICEI 1 (1844-45), 49.
Forsyth, William 'On the history and construction of coffer-dams' 1845 TICEI 1 (1844-45), 145.
Forsyth, William 'The self-regulating hydro-anastatic sluice' 1848 TICEI 3 (1847-49), 3.
Forsyth, William 'Improvements at the port of Coleraine in the County of Londonderry' 1850 TICEI 4 Pt 1 (1849-50), 33.
Forsyth, William, & Manning, Robert 'Reports to the Board of Public Works on the Construction and working of the barrages on the Seine, Marne, and Yonne' &c 1873 Published Dublin: Alexander Thom, 1873. (Reviewed in IB 15, 1 Dec 1873, 322.)