Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. David Burtchaell, second son of PETER BURTCHAELL PETER BURTCHAELL , was born at Summerville, Carlow, on 9 February 1859. He was educated at Kilkenny College and Trinity College, Dublin, graduating BA in 1880 and BE in 1881. While he was in the School of Engineering at Trinity and afterwards, he worked with his father. He was was employed on the construction of several railway lines in different parts of Ireland, including the Galway & Clifden, Tralee & Dingle, Killorglin & Valencia, Waterford & New Ross lines, and the Great Southern & Western extension to Cahirciveen. He was also employed under the Board of Works in constructing piers in the West of Ireland. In 1907 he was appointed resident engineer to the Howth waterworks,(1) and at the time of his death was resident engineer to the Westport waterworks. He died at Westport from the after-effects of an attack of jaundice in the summer of 1910. While he was at Trinity he was a keen oarsman and was in the crew which won the Wyfold Cup at Henley Regatta in 1881, the first time it was won by an Irish crew. 'Few men were possesed of a more taking personality,' his obituarist wrote in the Irish Builder, 'and wherever he went David Burtchael[sic] was a favourite for his kind and genial nature.'

Inst.CEI: elected member 3 May 1905.(2)

Addresses:(3) Work: 6 & 7 St Stephen's Green, <=1896 until >=1900.
Home: 44 Morehampton Road by 1900.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituaries of Burtchaell in IB 52, 6 Aug 1910, and TICEI 37 (1911), 189.

(1) IB 49, 19 Oct 1907, 709.
(2) TICEI 32 (1907), 171.
(3) From Post Office Dublin Directory.

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Date: 1906-08
Nature: Resident superintending engineer.
Refs: IB 48, 20 Oct,15 Dec 1906,829, 989,1014; 49, 19 Oct 1907, 708; 50, 12 Dec 1908, 753; 52, 20 Aug 1910, ?