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Engineer, who with THOMAS STEERS , completed the Newry canal after the dismissal of RICHARD CASTLE in 1736. The work was finished in 1741. He is described as 'The ingenious Mr Gilbert'(1) in Great Importance of the Shannon Navigation to the whole Kingdom of Ireland, an anonymous pamphlet published in 1746, which cites his opinion that the Shannon could be made navigable between Killaloe and Limerick, for £21,000.
All information in this entry is from Ruth Delany, A Celebration of 250 years of Ireland's inland waterways (1988), 22,48, and V.T.H. & D.R. Delany, The Canals of the South of Ireland (1966), 222,n.6 .
(1) His Christian name is given as John by Ruth Delany, op. cit., above, but as William by Christine Casey in 'Books and Builders - a bibliographical approach to Irish eighteenth-century architecture', unpublished Ph.D. thesis, Trinity College, Dublin, 1992.
1 work entries listed in chronological order for GILBERT, -
|Building:||CO. DOWN, NEWRY NAVIGATION|
|Nature:||Completion of same, with Thomas Steers.|
|Refs:||Ruth Delany, A Celebration of 250 years of Ireland's inland waterways (1988), 22|