Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Railway engineer. Henry James Bennett Hargrave, who was born in Dublin on 3 September 1837, was the younger son of William Hargrave, FRCSI, fourth son of ABRAHAM HARGRAVE [1] ABRAHAM HARGRAVE [1] . He was admitted to Trinity College, Dublin, in 1854, and obtained the Diploma in Civil Engineering in 1858 and the BA degree the following year.(1) He went to India where he rose to the position of chief engineer of the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway. On retiring he returned to Dublin.  He died on 30 July 1905, while taking a cure at the Royal Hotel and Baths, Matlock, Derbyshire, leaving an estate of £28,065.(2) He had married Augusta, daughter of Nigel Gresley of the Bank of New Zealand on 9 November 1861.   He is not to be confused with his nephew Henry Hargrave Deane who was an engineer with the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway from 1883 to 1915.

Address:  16 Shrewsbury Road, Dublin, at time of death.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Hector Deane, a great-great -grandson of William Hargrave, MD, and from the article by 'W.H.' (probably William Hargrave) on Abraham Hargrave[1] and other members of the Hargrave family in APSD, Part 14 (1864), H, 22-3.

(1)   G.D. Burtchaell & T.U. Sadleir, eds., Alumni Dublinenses (1935), Supplement, p. 52;  R.C. Cox, compiler, Trinity College School of Engineering: 'Graduates' in Engineering 1843-1992 (1993), unpaginated.
(2)   Building News 89, 27 Oct 1905, 599.