Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer, of Dublin. William Ross [3], a son of WILLIAM ROSS [2]  WILLIAM ROSS [2] and elder brother of GEORGE MURRAY ROSS GEORGE MURRAY ROSS , was born in Dublin on 14 February 1855. He served his pupilage in the the iron- and brass-founding business of Ross, Stephens & Walpole(1) and also studied engineering at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating in 1876.(2) At the age of twenty-one he became a partner in the firm of Ross & Walpole, successors to Ross, Stephens & Walpole. Works undertaken by the firm included iron railway bridges for the Midland Great Western Railway and the Dublin, Wicklow & Wexford Railway companies. Ross was an active member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Ireland, of which he was president in 1906-7. He died on 26 October 1926 and was buried in Deansgrange cemetery.(3)   He had married his Scottish wife, Mary Jane Turner, circa 1883 and had five children.(4)

ICEI: elected member 1884; council member, 1891, 1894, 1907-1927; treasurer, 1895-1905; vice-president, 1902-1905; president, 1906-7; reads paper, 'Cast Iron Tanks', 9 Mar 1892.(5)
Inst.CE: elected associate member, 6 February 1894; resigned, 8 January 1924.

Addresses: 65-67 North Wall, 1883; 66 North Wall, Dublin, 1887-1926. Home: Summerfield, Dalkey, 1898-1926.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the records of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, kindly supplies by Mrs Carol Morgan, archivist, from the lists of ICEI officers and members in TICEI, and from Thom's directories.

(1) The relationship of this business with the business of Ross & Murray is not clear.
(2) This is the date in his candidate's circular submitted to Inst.CE in 1893; R.C. Cox, compiler, Trinity College School of Engineering: 'Graduates' in Engineering 1843-1992 (1993), unpaginated, gives the date as 1875.
(3) Headstone in Dean's Grange cemetery (B.O'D.); TICEI 53 (1926-27), 233.
(4) 1911 census, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000238066/ (last visited Feb 2009). 
(5) TICEI 22 (1892-3), 25-38.

Author Title Date Details
Ross, William 'Cast iron tanks' 1892;1893 IB 34, 15 Mar 1892, 70, and TICEI 22 (1892-93), 25-38.
Ross, William [Presidential address to ICEI] 1907 TICEI 33 (1905-7), 30-37.