Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and civil engineer of Belfast and Sligo. John Fawcett Gilcriest, son of Thomas Fawcett Gilcriest by his wife Mary, née Chittick,(1) was born in Sligo on 7 June 1873(2) and educated at the Diocesan School, Sligo. He served a four-year pupillage with WILLIAM JOHN GILLILAND  WILLIAM JOHN GILLILAND of Belfast, and remained in Gilliland's office for some years afterwards as an an assistant. In 1898 he was appointed to the staff of the General Valuation Office. By 1901 he was living in Sligo,(3) where for a time he was assistant to the borough surveyor, WILLIAM COCHRANE WILLIAM COCHRANE , who was possibly related to him by marriage. In 1908 he took over the practice of his deceased elder brother, WILLIAM FAWCETT GILCRIEST WILLIAM FAWCETT GILCRIEST . He died himself on 17 January 1911. He was a Commissioner of the Peace for Co. Sligo.

ICEI: elected associate, Jan 1905.
RIAI: proposed for membership by W.J. Gilliland, seconded by ROBERT WATT  ROBERT WATT and ALBERT EDWARD& ALBERT EDWARD& #160; MURRAY MURRAY , 4 Mar 1895; ; elected member, 6 May 1895.(4)
Surveyors' Institute: fellow by time of death.

Addresses: 74 Royal Avenue Belfast, 1895;(5) 21 Atlantic Avenue, Antrim Rd, Belfast, 1897;(6) Wine Street, Sligo, <=1901(7) until death.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituaries of Gilchrist in IB 53, 21 Jan 1911, 48, and TICEI 37 (1910-11), 190-191.

Information from www.familysearch.org.
www.familysearch.org gives his date of birth as 7 June 1872.
According to the TICEI obituary Gilchrist was with the Valuation Office for ten years, but he is not named as a member of Office's staff in Thom's Directory for 1900, and the RIAI list of members for 1901 gives his address as Wine Street, Sligo.
RIAI council meeting minutes, 4 Mar 1895, 319; general meeting minutes, 6 May 1895, 322.
See note 4, above.
RIAI list of members, 1897.
See note 3, above.

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Date: 1900
Nature: New church in memory of late Rev. John Gilcriest in course of erection. Will seat £150 and cost £1000.  Plans by 'Mr L.F. Gilcriest, architect, Belfast, nephew of the deceased'.
Refs: Irish Times, 6 Aug 1900.