Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

County surveyor for Co. Leitrim, 1884-1896. Drewry Gifford Ottley was born in London on 20 October 1845, the eldest son of Drewry Ottley, MD. His father practised as a doctor in Paris, where the young Drewry received his early education. He was then sent to a private school in Bath and subsequently attended King's College, London. After four years with the Midland Great Railway Company in Derby, he entered the service of the Indian Public Works Department in 1868 and was engaged on various railway schemes in India until his retirement in 1879. According to his obituary he then practised privately in England and, rather surprisingly, in Virginia, 'but does not seem to have met with great success'. It was presumably the failure of his business which prompted him to sit the competitive examination for the Irish county surveyorships, as a result of which he was appointed county surveyor of Co. Leitrim in October 1884. He held the office until his death nearly twelve years later. While he was in Leitrim he also acted as the Board of Trade's arbitrator in connection with the Cavan, Leitrim & Roscommon Light Railways & Tramways. He died at home in Carrick-on-Shannon, after an illness lasting only a few hours, on 27 September 1896.

Inst.CE: elected associate, 12 January 1875; transferred to class of member, 10 November 1885.

Address: Cartown House, Carrick-on-Shannon, at time of death.


All information in this entry is from the obituary of Ottley in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 127 (1896-97, Pt. 1), 382-3, which see for futher details of Ottley's career in India. See also Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 275.