Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Railway engineer. Jason Rigby, who was born in Dublin on 24 July 1846,(1) entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1864 and obtained the Licence in Civil Engineering in 1867.(2) From 1868-1869 he was a pupil of JAMES PRICE JAMES PRICE , resident engineer of the Midland Great Western Railway, for whom he continued to work until 1871, when he became an assistant county survyor for Co. Antrim, under ALEXANDER TATE ALEXANDER TATE . In 1872 Rigby went to Brazil, after which he had no further connection with Ireland. After many years of railway work in Brazil and Argentina, he returned to England in 1899 to take up a position on the board of the Central Argentine Railway, of which he became director and eventually chairman. At the time of his death, which took place in Putney on 9 September 1910, he was a director of several other South American railway companies.

Inst.CE: elected associate, 1 February 1876; member, 13 March 1883.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Rigby in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 184 (1910-11, Pt. II), 356. Other obituaries of Rigby are in Building News 99, 16 Sep 1910, 398, and IB 52, 1 Oct 1910, 622.

(1) He was probably connected with the gun manufacturers, William and John Rigby, of Suffolk Street, Dublin.
(2) R.C. Cox, compiler, Trinity College School of Engineering: 'Graduates' in Engineering 1843-1992 (1993), unpaginated.