Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Selected: CO. LOUTH, DROGHEDA, BOYNE VIADUCT

Name: BARTON, JAMES
Building: CO. LOUTH, DROGHEDA, BOYNE VIADUCT
Date: 1851-55
Nature: Lattice girders suggested by John McNeill but bridge actually designed by JB, a resident engineer. For Dublin & Drogheda Railway Co. Contractor: William Evans, Cambridge, who went bankrupt. Subsequently built by railway co. itself under direction of Bindon Blood Stoney.
Refs: Model in IAA, Acc. 2009/128 (another model in Musée des Arts et Métiers. Paris);  Armagh Guardian, 28 Jun 1851; Tourist's Illustrated Handbook for Ireland (1854), 203; summary of paper delivered to British Association, 1857, in Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal 20 (Nov 1857), 357; 21 (Jun 1858), 185, (Jul 1858), 237-239;  G.B. Howden, 'Reconstruction of the Boyne Viaduct, Drogheda', TICEI 60 (1933-34), 71-111(illus.); R.C. Cox & M.H. Gould, Civil Engineering Heritage: Ireland (1998), 75-76; Canice O'Mahony, 'Iron rails and harbour walls: James Barton of Farndreg', County Louth Archaeological and Historical Journal 22, no. 2 (1990), 135-142;  se also P.J. Geraghty, 'The Battle of the Boyne: A Victorial Engineering Controversy',  County Louth Archaeological and Historical Journal 25, no. 4 (2004), 400-425.

Name: MACNEILL, JOHN BENJAMIN (SIR)
Building: CO. LOUTH, DROGHEDA, BOYNE VIADUCT
Date: 1851-55
Nature: New lattice-girder bridge for Dublin & Drogheda Railway Co. JMcN chief engineer.  Lattice girders suggested by JMcN but bridge actually designed by James Barton. Resident engineers 'Mr Burdon', James Barton and Alex Schaw. Contractor: William Evans, Cambridge, who went bankrupt. Subsequently built by railway co. itself under direction of Bindon Blood Stoney.
Refs: Armagh Guardian, 28 Jun 1851;  Tourist's Illustrated Handbook for Ireland (1854), 203; Civil Engineer & Architect's Journal 19 (Aug 1856). 263-4; B 16, 1 May 1858, 292; DB 5, 1 Aug 1863, 127;  John Macneill, The Boyne Viaduct: Its History (1860) (NLI pamphlet P.1576(ii);   G.B. Howden, 'Reconstruction of the Boyne Viaduct, Drogheda', TICEI 60 (1933-34), 71-111; R.C. Cox & M.H. Gould, Civil Engineering Heritage: Ireland (1998), 75-76

Name: HOWDEN, GEORGE BRUCE
Building: CO. LOUTH, DROGHEDA, BOYNE VIADUCT
Date: 1931-32
Nature: Reconstruction, for Great Northern Railway (Ireland). Principal contractor: Motherwell Bridge & Engineering Co. Ltd. Cost: £37,000. Resident engineer: John McGregor. Assistant resident engineer: T.A. Carson.
Refs: IB 73, 29 Aug 1931, 750; G.B. Howden, 'Reconstruction of the Boyne Viaduct, Drogheda', TICEI 60 (1933-34), 71-111(illus.)