Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Mason, of Dublin,(1) engaged in canal work in the 1760s. In 1762 he agreed to dig a canal for Agmondisham Vesey at Lucan,(2) and from about 1765 until 1768 he was a contractor for the construction of the Grand Canal from Ballyfermot to the City Basin. Although he was thought to have executed the aqueduct at Goldenbridge in a satisfactory manner, when water was turned into the new stretch of the canal in 1766 the banks gave way and did so again after they had been repaired. Satterthwaite then contracted with the Corporation's Grand Canal works committee to undertake repairs and guarantee a supply of water to the City for a period of seven years. In April 1768 the Committee reported that the arrangement was proving unsatisfactory, and that Satterthwaite had 'conducted himself this considerable time past with the most daring insolence, paying no regard to his contracts of the orders of your committee'. A new contractor, JOHN TRAIL JOHN TRAIL , was accordingly appointed. Before the committee reported on progress twelve months later, Satterthwaite and his brother Joseph had been killed in an accident. In 1774 the Corporation agreed in 1774 to pay Satterthwaite's nieces Hannah Piper and Dorothy Hodgson £50 and allow each of them an annuity of £25.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from CARD XI, 321,430-432, XII, 24,312-3, and V.T.H. & D.R. Delany, The Canals of the South of Ireland (1966), 36-37. See also Dublin Historical Record1, 109-10,113.

(1) He may possibly have come to Ireland from Cumberland, where the name was common. He could for example be John, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Satterthwaite, of Crosthwaite, Cumberland, who was born in 1726 and had a younger brother Joseph who was born in 1729.
(2) NA/PRO 1A/41/34 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).