Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. John George Barton, eldest son of JAMES BARTON JAMES BARTON , was born in Dundalk, Co. Louth, on 13 October 1850 and educated at Repton School and King's College, London. After serving a pupilage with Maudsley, Son & Field, of London, and in his father's office, he was employed on the Carlingford Harbour and Greenore Dock works, and the Derry Central Railway. He was sole engineer of the Castlederg Light Railway and joint engineer with his father of the Clogher Valley Railway, 1883-1892. He held the posts of Inspecting Engineer to the Board of Works, 1889-92 and Commissioner of Valuation and Chief Boundary Surveyor for Ireland, 1892-1912.(1) He was the Board of Trade Arbitrator for several railways in Ireland. In 1900 he was created CB (Civil) and in 1902 he was knighted.

Barton died on 20 March 1937 in Hyères, France. He had married Florence Emily (d. 1933), daughter of Col. C. Grantham and widow of Col. A.E. Hamilton Smyth in 1916.

Inst.CE: member (had ceased membership by 1908).
Chartered Surveyors' Institution: fellow.

Addresses:(1) Work: 6 Ely Place, <=1907->=1915.
Home: Alton Grange, Westminster Road, Foxrock, Co. Dublin <=1900->=1907.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the biography of Barton in E. Macdowel Cosgrave, ed., Dublin and County Dublin in the Twentieth Century (1908), 253, which is accompanied by a portrait photograph,Who Was Who, 1929-1940, 75, and from the entry by Linde Lunney in Dictionary of Irish Biography, ed. by James McGuire and James Quinn, 9 vols. (Cambridge University Press, 2009), I, 360.

(1) Building News 102, 5 Jan 1912, 12.
(2) From Post Office and Thom's directories.