Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer and surveyor. Hamilton Hartley Killaly, a son of JOHN A. KILLALY  JOHN A. KILLALY and his wife Alicia, née Hamilton, was born in Co. Laois in December 1800. He was admitted to Trinity College, Dublin, in 1814,(1) graduating with the BA degree in 1819. While he was at Trinity he also attended classes at the Dublin Society's School of Drawing in Architecture, to which he was admitted on 29 February 1816.(2) Like his father he entered the employment of the Grand Canal Company, which he joined in 1821 as superintendent of the Shannon line. The following year, under pressure from his father, the company placed him in charge of the Ballinasloe extension of the canal and in 1827 of the Monasterevin-Mountmellick extension. He resigned from the Grand Canal Company in May 1830 to take up an appointment with the Ulster Canal Company. He entered the service of the Irish Board of Works on its formation in 1831 but left in 1833. The following year, with his wife, Martha Jane (née Handy), whom he had married in 1833, he emigrated to New York State and thence to Canada, where he became prominent as an engineer and civil servant. He died in Canada in 1874.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Dictionary of Canadian Biography X (1972), 402-406, which see for details of Killaly's career in Canada, and Ruth Delany, The Grand Canal of Ireland (1973), 91,93,98.

(1) Alumni Dublinenses.
(2) MS. transcript from Royal Dublin Society minutes of School of Architectural Drawing admissions and prizewinners (in IAA).

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Date: 1827-1831
Nature: Designed by HHK & built by Henry, Mullins & McMahon.
Refs: R.C. Cox & M.H. Gould, Civil Engineering Heritage: Ireland (1998), 112