Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Civil engineer and chairman of the Board of Works in Ireland, 1901-1913. George Holmes, the third son of Robert Holmes, of Moycashel, Co. Westmeath, was born at Moycashel on 9 October 1848. After attending Downing College, Cambridge, he studied mechanical engineering at the London & North Western Railway Company's works at Crewe. He was resident engineer for the construction of the iron rotunda at the Vienna International Exhibition in 1873 and secretary to the Institution of Naval Architects from 1878 until 1901. He was the author of a text book on steam engines, marine engines and boilers and of Ancient and Modern Ships.

Holmes married in 1880 Louisa Eugenia, third daughter of Charles Greenstreet Addison, barrister, of London. He was created Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1906 and Knight Commander of the Bath in 1911.

ICEI: elected member, 6 May 1903.(1)

Address: Dornden, Blackrock Road, Booterstown, 1907.(2)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from E. Macdowel Cosgrave, ed., Dublin and County Dublin in the Twentieth Century (1908), 254 (illustrated with a portrait photograph), and from Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage (1916), 896. Another photograph of Holmes is in IB 53, 22 Jul 1911, 478.

(1) TICEI 30 (1902-1903), 144.
(2) Thom's Directory 1907.