SHEKLETON, ALEXANDER & JAMES *
- Born: - Died: -
Iron founders and engineers, of Dundalk, Co. Louth. Shekelton's, which was established by Alexander Shekleton (1786-1845) and carried on by his eldest son James (1821ca - 1870), was one of the largest concerns in Dundalk and by the late 1850s was providing 'constant employment to one hundred operative mechanics and labourers'.(1) In addition to the manufacture of gates and railings, James Shekleton exhibited two 'portable' engines at the Dublin Industrial Exhibition in 1853 (2) and is credited with the construction of the first steam powered fire engine in Ireland in 1860.(5)
Information not otherwise accounted for is the note of Alexander Shekleton's death in the Armagh Guardian, 17 Jun 1845, and from'Memorial Inscriptions: St. Nicholas Churchyard, Dundalk
(1) ',Journal of the Society for the Preservation of Memorials of the Dead, Vol. 9, No. 6 (1916).
(1) Anthony Marmion, The Ancient and Modern History of the Maritime Ports of Ireland (London, 1858), 289.
(2) Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal 16 (Jul 1853), 270.
(3) C.F.T. Young, Fires, fire engines, and fire brigades (London, 1866), ?.
2 work entries listed in chronological order for SHEKLETON, ALEXANDER & JAMES *
|Building:||CO. MONAGHAN, BLAYNEY CASTLE|
|Nature:||Ironwork for stable gates and railings, for Anne Adèle, widow of Henry Thomas Hope.
Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 239.
|Building:||CO. MONAGHAN, CASTLE LESLIE (GLASLOUGH)|
|Nature:||Cast iron entrance gates at Cottage Orné gate lodge and Gothic gate lodge. For Charles Powell Leslie.
Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 342,343.