Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. Mervyn James Butler Pratt, son of JAMES BUTLER PRATT JAMES BUTLER PRATT , was born on 5 December 1857. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, at the age of fifteen and graduated MA in 1877 with a First Gold Medal Moderatorship and Professor John R. Leslie's prize in experimental science. After spending two further years as Leslie's assistant, he received the BAI degree in 1879. He then assisted his father on relief works in Co. Leitrim before becoming assistant to ROBERT MANNING  ROBERT MANNING on the Shannon Improvement Works in 1881. He was also employed on drainage works in Cos. Leitrim and Longford. In 1883 he was appointed engineer to the Killeshandra branch line of the Midland Great Western Railway and was engaged on this project when he died, following an operation, on 16 March 1884.

Inst.CE: elected associate member 6 February 1883.


All information in this entry is from the biography of Pratt in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 79 (1884-85, Pt. I), 372.