Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. Edward Brewster, the only son of HENRY BREWSTER  HENRY BREWSTER and his wife Eliza, née O'Malley, was born at Castlebar, Co. Mayo, on 30 September 1860. He was educated at Dr Chambers's School in Kingstown and then at Trinity College, Dublin, receiving the BAI degree in 1883. During 1885 and 1886 he worked under his brother-in-law EDWARD GLOVER EDWARD GLOVER , who was then county surveyor for the southern district of Co. Mayo. He continued to work under Glover's successor, PETER CHALMERS COWAN PETER CHALMERS COWAN , as resident engineer on the Achill Sound Viaduct and afterwards on the extension of the Ship Quay at Westport Harbour. In 1887 he was employed under ARTHUR EDWARD JOYCE  ARTHUR EDWARD JOYCE to make surveys and contract plans for the Claremorris & Ballinrobe railway and the Loughrea & Attymon railway. From 1888 he practised in Castlebar, acting as engineer to the Castlebar Board of Guardians from 1890. He died on 27 May 1897 and was buried in Castlebar Church of Ireland graveyard.(1) His obituarist in the Minutes and Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers describes him as 'extremely conscientious and accurate' and of a 'gentlemanly and kindly disposition'.



All information in this entry is from the obituary of Brewster in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 132 (1897-98), 394, and Ian Cantwell, Memorials of the Dead (Eneclann CD ROM I).

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Date: 1885-87
Nature: Helped prepare designs under E. Glover and was then Resident Engineer under P.C. Cowan. Had cost £3630 by Jul 1887 (when it was hoped that it would be opened in early Nov.) Still in progress Mar 1891.
Refs: Min.Proc.Inst.CE 132 (1897-98), 394; Connaught Telegraph, 16 Jul 1887,14 Mar 1891 (information from Brendan O'Donoghue). .