Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Surveyor of Rathmines Township from 1891 until 1913. Frederick Parker Dixon, fifth son of John Dixon of Astle Hall near Knutsford, Cheshire, and his wife Sophia (née Tatton), was born on 17 August 1852.(1)  A former pupil of  JOHN FREDERICK LA TROBE BATEMAN JOHN FREDERICK LA TROBE BATEMAN , he first worked in Ireland between 1884 and 1887 as resident engineer on the RathmInes and Rathgar Waterworks under RICHARD HASSARD.& RICHARD HASSARD.& #160; After four years working on a section of the Manchester Ship Canal, he returned to Ireland in in 1891 to take up the post of town surveyor of Rathmines  (2) He resigned from the surveyorship in 1913 and was succeeded by WILLIAM ROBERT STEPHENS. WILLIAM ROBERT STEPHENS. (3)   

In 1886 during his first spell in Ireland, Dixon married Blanche Olive, widow of William George Clayton Wade, at Oldcastle, Co. Meath.(4) His 1901 census return shows him living with her, his stepdaughter, Norah, and his son, Reginald, in Terenure, but by the time of his 1901 return he had become a widower, and only he and Norah remained in the house.

Inst.CE: elected member, 12 May 1891.(5)

Address: Westfield Park, Harold's Coss Road, 1898->=1922.(6)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Dixon's candidate's circular for membership (1889) of Inst.CE, kindly provided by Mrs Carol Morgan, archivist, Inst.CE.

(1) Burke's Landed Gentry (first single-volume edition, undated), 301.
(2) IB 33, 15 Aug 1891, 191.
(3) Building News 105, 12 Dec 1913, 852. 
(4) B. Burke, Landed Gentry of Ireland (1904),625; www.familysearch.org .
(5) Min.Proc.Inst.CE 106 (1891), 178.
(6) Information from Thom's directories.