Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. Peter Ponsonby Metge, third son of John Charles Metge, of Sion, Co. Meath, by his wife Eliza, daughter of Henry Cole of Twickenham, was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he gained the BAI degree in 1873.(1) He spent a year's pupilage with Bryant & Cargill, civil engineers, of London, followed by four years as assistant to George Fosbery Lyster, Engineer-in-Chief to the Liverpool and Birkenhead Dock Estate. He then set up in private practice in Dublin. (2) During the late 1880s and 1890s he appears to have been working in the office of MARMADUKE BACKHOUSE  MARMADUKE BACKHOUSE at 9 Harcourt Terrace, Dublin.

Metge died in 1918 or 1919.(3) He was married to Julia, daughter of William Brereton, QC, by whom he had a son and three daughters.

ICEI: elected member, 3 May 1882.(4)

Addresses: Work: 20 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, 1882;(5)9 Harcourt Terrace, Dublin, 1887; Harcourt Terrace, 1898.(6)
Home: Larch Hill, Whitechurch, Co. Dublin, 1890; Clonmaskil, Delvin, Co. Westmeath, 1896-1898; Creggan, Athlone, 1902-1906; Killinure, Athlone, <=1911 until death.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from B. Burke, Landed Gentry of Ireland (1904), 404, and TICEI lists of members.

(1) R.C. Cox, compiler, Trinity College School of Engineering: 'Graduates' in Engineering 1843-1992 (1993), unpaginated.
(2) Information about Metge's early career is from ICEI Membership Applications, II, 106 (microfilm in NLI, Pos. 9384).
(3) TICEI 45 (1818-19), report of Council, 1.
(4) TICEI 14 (1881-83), ?.
(5) See note 2, above.
(6) IB 40, 1 Feb 1898, 24.

2 work entries listed in chronological order for METGE, PETER PONSONBY

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Date: 1889
Nature: Proposed new water works. With Marmaduke Backhouse. Amont of W. Baird's contract £1,800.
Refs: IAA, PKS B14/41, A07 (Mar 1889, p.311)

Date: 1898
Nature: Rebuilding of old mansion, farm offices &c. For himself?
Refs: IB 40, 1 Feb 1898, 24.