GRIERSON, THOMAS BENJAMIN
- Born: 1852 Died: 1928
Engineer, of Dublin. Thomas Grierson, a son of Richard Henry Grierson and Jane Grierson, was born in Dublin on 9 April 1852(1) and in 1865 entered a seven-year apprenticeship in the engineering works of the Dublin Port and Docks Board, two years of which were spent in the drawing office. At the end of 1872 he joined Easton & Anderson's works at Erith, Kent, spending a year in the works and a year in the drawing office. In 1874 he returned to the Dublin Port and Docks Board, where he was placed in charge of the drawing office for three years. He then practised on his own and carried out work for the Great Southern & Western railway and the Dublin, Wicklow & Wexford railway until 1880, when he was appointed assistant engineer on the latter railway. From 1887 to 1891 he was chief assistant engineer on the construction of the City of Dublin Junction railway which was carried out by the same company. He was appointed district engineer of the Northern Division of the Dublin, Wicklow & Wexford Railway in June 1891 and in 1894 succeeded JOHN CHALONER SMITH as chief engineer. He himself was succeeded as chief engineer by SAMUEL JAMES SHANNON before 1900. By 1902 he had moved to London. He died on 2 March 1928. His pupils and assistants included JOHN CHALONER SMITH.
ICEI:(2) associate member, 1881; raised to member, 1886; awarded Smith Premium, 1888, for paper, 'The enlargement of Westland Row Terminus, with a sketch of the early history of the Dublin and Kingstown Railway', read 1 June 1887;(3) council member, 1895; ceased membership, 1902.
Inst.CE: elected associate member, 10 January 1893; elected member 5 March 1895.
Addresses:(4) Work: 20 Blessington Street, 1883; 50 Westland Row, 1889-90.
Home: 129 Tritonville Road, Sandymount, 1889; 19 Morehampton Road, 1890-92; 2 Connaught Place, Kingstown, 1896; 15 Victoria Street, Westminster, 1902.
See WORKS, BIBLIOGRAPHY.
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the records of the Institution of Civil Engineers, kindly transmitted by Mrs Carol Morgan, Archivist.
(1) http://churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details/e9e0890359002 (last visited Sep 2011).
(2) Information from TICEI lists of members and officers.
(3) TICEI 19 (1887-88), report of council, 4.
(4) From TICEI lists of members, Thom's and Post Office directories.
3 work entries listed in chronological order for GRIERSON, THOMAS BENJAMIN
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, LANSDOWNE ROAD (NEAR), RAILWAY BRIDGE OVER RIVER DODDER|
|Nature:||Strengthening of bridge built ca 1854 by Fairbairn & Son, Manchester.|
|Refs:||T.B. Grierson, 'The method adopted for the strengthening of a railway bridge',TICEI 15 (1883-4), 83-94, and IB 26, 15 Mar 1884, ?.|
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, RANELAGH, RAILWAY STATION (DUBLIN, WICKLOW & WEXFORD RAILWAY)|
|Refs:||IB 38, 1 Jul 1896, 144|
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, BLACKROCK, ROAD BRIDGE OVER DUBLIN, WICKLOW & WEXFORD RAILWAY|
|Nature:||Tenders invited for erecting iron bridge about 40 ft long, Feb 1896..
Irish Times, 10 Feb 1896.
|Grierson, Thomas Benjamin||'Electric lighting by waterpower'||1883||TICEI 14 (1881-83), 1-54. (Paper read 7 Dec 1881.)|
|Grierson, Thomas Benjamin||'The method adopted for the strengthening of a railway bridge'[i.e Dublin, Wicklow & Wexford Railway bridge over the Dodder]||1884||IB 36, 15 Mar 1884, ?; TICEI 15 (1883-84), 83-94.|
|Grierson, Thomas Benjamin||'The enlargement of Westland Row Terminus, with a sketch of the early history of the Dublin and Kingstown Railway'||1887||Paper read to ICEI, 1 Jun 1887, published in TICEI 18 (1886-87), 66-140, and IB 29, 15 Jun 1887, 165-6|
|Grierson, Thomas Benjamin||'The enlargement of Westland Row Terminus, with a sketch of the early history of the Dublin and Kingstown Railway, Part II'||1893||TICEI 22 (1892-93), 125-147.|
|Grierson, Thomas Benjamin||'An old English waterway'||1910||IB 52, 11 Jun 1910, 368.|