Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer to the Royal Canal Company from 1844 or earlier until 1854 or later. Charles Tarrant [2] was one of the five illegitimate sons of CHARLES TARRANT [1] CHARLES TARRANT [1] . He appears to have worked for the Royal Canal Company as early as 1813, when he was one of the six overseers employed in the construction of the Coolnahay to Cloondara line,(1) and a drawings by him for a branch off the canal, dated 1831, are in the National Archives.(2) From 1835 until 1839 he was employed by the Shannon Commissioners. By 1841 he had become engineer to the Royal Canal Company; he continued in the post after the acquisition of the canal by the Midland Great Western Railway Company in 1845 and held it until his accidental death on 20 April 1854, when he was struck and killed by a railway engine at the Midland Great Western's Broadstone terminus.(3) He was the father of CHARLES TARRANT [3]. CHARLES TARRANT [3].

ICEI: member by 1849.(4)
Royal Irish Academy: elected life member, 1848.

Addresses:(5) Aoons Salutaris, Richmond Hill, Golden Bridge, Dublin, 1841; 3 Cowley Place, Dublin, <=1847->=1849; 2 Cabra Place, 1853.
Work: Broadstone, 1853


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Sarah Bendell, ed., Dictionary of Land Surveyors and Local Map-Makers of Great Britain and Ireland 1530-1850 (2nd edition, 1997), II, 501.

(1) Peter Clarke, The Royal Canal: the complete story (1992), 68.
(2) NA, OPW5HC/6 (information from Colm Ó Toráin).
(3) A horribly graphic description of the accident is in Dublin Evening Mail, 21 Apr 1854 (B.O'D.).
(4) List of members, 1849, in TICEI 3 (1847-1849).
(5) From Pettigrew & Oulton's, Post Office and Thom's directories.

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Date: 1851
Nature: Designed by Tarrant, presumably CT[2]
Refs: B 9, 1 feb 1851, 77