- Born: 1820 Died: 1883
County surveyor for Co. Mayo, 1848-1883. Henry Brewster, who was born on 6 January 1820, was employed by the Board of Works on the supervision of relief works in Co. Limerick, in 1846-47. He was appointed second surveyor for Co. Mayo on 23 August 1848 and surveyor for the whole county on 10 October 1849 after WILLIAM HENRY BRETT was transferred to Co. Limerick. In 1856 the county was again split into two divisions: on 31 March Brewster was appointed surveyor for the northern division, based in Castlebar, and FREDERICK DEVERELL for the southern division. Brewster remained in his post until his death,(1) which took place at his house in Church Street, Castlebar, on 28 June 1883.(2) He had been on the point of retirement. He was buried in Castlebar Church of Ireland graveyard. He was succeeded by PATRICK JOHN LYNAM. H e was married to Eliza née O'Malley (1825-1888) and was the father of EDWARD BREWSTER and Sarah Mary Brewster, first wife of EDWARD GLOVER. (3)
All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 117, which gives the fullest account of Brewster's career, and from Ian Cantwell, Memorials of the Dead (Eneclann CD-ROM I).
(1) Connaught Telegraph, 30 Jun 1883.
(2) She may be the daughter whose birth is announced in the Anglo-Celt, 28 Nov 1857.