Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Civil engineer, of Ennis and Clarecastle, Co. Clare. Thomas Henry Pilkington, who was born in Co. Kildare in 1859 or 1860, served a three-year apprenticeship with John Lopdell, MICEI, of Ennis, Co. Clare, from May 1877. After completing his apprenticeship in 1880, he practised privately.(1) He had been appointed an assistant county surveyor for Co. Clare by 1900(2) and was still in the post in 1915.(3) According to the 1911 census, he also farmed. He died on 23 December 1916. The census also records that he married his wife, Florence, circa 1893 and had four children.

ICEI: elected associate member, 17 May 1899;(4) transferred to member, 1 April 1903.(5)

Address: Glenard, Ennis, 1898; Granard, Clarecastle, Co. Clare, <=1902 until death.(6)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from ICEI membership applications, III, 99, and from the brief obituary of Pilkington in TICEI 43 (1916-17), 220-221.

(1) According to his ICEI membership application, he did not practice between 1884 and 1893 when he was 'principally engaged in attending to the affairs of his late father, who died in…1884'.
(2) Thom's Directory (1900), 1047.
(3) Thom's Directory (1915), 1147.
(4) TICEI 28 (1898-1901), ?.
(5) TICEI 30 (1902-1903), 115.
(6) From TICEI lists of members.