Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer, of Derry. Charles Edward Stewart, who was born in 1849, was the eldest son of Abraham Harvey Stewart, secretary to the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners, and an elder brother of ABRAHAM MCCAUSLAND STEWART. ABRAHAM MCCAUSLAND STEWART. (1) He was educated at Foyle College, Derry, the Royal School, Dungannon, and Trinity College, Dublin. He served his pupilage with ROBERT COLLINS  ROBERT COLLINS of Derry and succeeded to Collins's general practice when the latter was appointed engineer to the Belfast & Northern Counties Railway in 1874. He also succeeded Collins as consulting engineer to Derry Corporation and as engineer to the Derry Port and Harbour Commissioners and to the Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway Company. In 1881 to 1883 he superintended the construction of the Letterkenny Railway and subsequently took charge of its maintenance. He also prepared plans for a light railway from Buncrana to Carndonagh.

According to his obituary in the Minutes and Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Stewart also succeeded Collins as city engineer for Derry, and as such was responsible for the construction of a main sewerage scheme in 1882 and extensions to the water supply. His position seems however to have been that of a consultant;(2) the post of city engineer does not appear in the lists of city officials in Thom's directories for the period, only that of city surveyor, which was held by WILLIAM JAMES ROBINSON  WILLIAM JAMES ROBINSON from 1874 until 1909.

In 1890 Stewart joined the staff of the Water Department of London County Council, working chiefly on water legislation and a proposed new supply from the Welsh mountains. His health collapsed some ten years later, and, after a few months of sickness, he died at home in Finchley on 7 July 1901.(3) He is deswcribed as married in the English censuses of 1891 and 1901. His pupils and assistants included his brother Abraham McCausland Stewart and EDWARD J. TOYE.  EDWARD J. TOYE.

Inst.CE: elected associate member, 7 April 1891.

Address: Pump Street, Derry, 1875-1789;(4) 59 Elgin Cresecnet, Kensington, 1891;(5) 4 Park Hall Road, East Finchley, London, at time of death.

Inst.CE: elected associate member, 7 April 1891.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Stewart in in Min.Proc.Inst.CE146 (1900-1901, Pt. IV), 288-9.

(1) Information from www.kelcran.com kindly supplied by Susannah Roberts, Inst.CE archives.
(2) Abraham McCausland Stewart in his candidate's circular for membership membership of Inst.CE describes him as 'Consulting Engineer to the Corporation of Londonderry' in the period 1883-1886 (information from Susannah Roberts, as above).
(3) He was a patient in the Hospital for Diseases of the Throat in Golden Square, Westminster, at the time of the 1901 English census.
(4) Derry Almanac.
(5) English census, 1891.

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Date: 1885
Nature: Extension by 'Stewart and Robinson' (i.e. C.E..McC.Stewart and W.J. Robinson?)
Refs: IB 27, ? ? 1885, 111