BOYD, LUCIUS JOHN
- Born: 1857 Died: -
Civil engineer. Lucius John Boyd, a son of Arthur J. Boyd, solicitor, of Dublin and Kilkenny and his wife Susan, née Gladwell,(1) was born in Dublin circa 1857.(2) After working For two years on the Ballymena and Larne railway under WILLIAM LEWIS , he served an apprenticeship with Hathorn, Davey & Co. of Leeds, Yorkshire, from 1881 to 1883. He then worked on the Tralee and Dingle railway under JOHN HENRY RYAN and GEORGE ARCHIBALD ERSKINE HICKSON for two years before spending a further three years as assistant to PETER BURTCHAELL , county surveyor of Co. Kilkenny.
At the end of the 1880s Boyd emigrated to the United States, where he worked as a railway and mining engineer. He became professor of civil engineering at the State School of Mines in South Dakota. He also travelled widely. Following an absence from the United States, he arrived in New York from Cobh in August 1900(3) and married Margaret Mary Good in New York the following January.(4) Soon afterwards he returned to Ireland, where he practised as a civil engineer with JOHN HENRY RYAN in Dublin and was resident engineer on the Greystones and Enniskerry Sewerage Schemes.(5) After a few years he returned to the United States once again.(6)
ICEI: elected member, 1 Feb 1905.(7)
Address: Cherokee Lodge, Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York, 1911 to 1923.(8)
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from ICEI membership applications, III, 211, and from the short article on Boyd in IB 47, 11 Feb 1905, 82 .
(2) His age is given as 23 in the English census of the spring of 1881, as 43 in August 1900 in the Ellis Island immigration records, and as 49 in his membership application of December 1904.
(3) www.ellis island.org.
(5) IB 47, 6 May 1905, 321.
(6) ICEI lists of members.
(7) TICEI 32 (1904-1905), 122.
(8) See note 6, above.