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Frederick Barry

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Frederick Barry (1821-1885)

1878 Wife Catherine Dorathea Barry died.

1886 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK BARRY, a younger son of Mr. Robert Barry, Chief Commissioner of Military Accounts in Ireland, was born in Dublin on the 15th of April, 1821, and was educated at Clifton, Bristol, and at Trinity College, Dublin.

In 1841 he was articled to Mr. Tierney Clark, M.Inst.C.E., who had an established reputation as an engineer for the construction of suspension-bridges.

In 1842 Mr. Barry accompanied him to Hungary, where he was employed in completing the works of the famous Buda-Pest suspension-bridge across the Danube. This memorial of English engineering is fully described in a work to be found in the Library of this Institution.

Mr. Barry was entrusted by Mr. Clark in superintending various branches of that great work, and was also engaged in charge of the Danube and Theiss Canal. On the completion of his pupilage he returned home, and was for a year Resident Engineer on the Blackburn and Bolton Railway.

In 1847 he was employed by the Board of Works in Ireland to report on, and to make plans and estimates for the drainage of the river Suck, an affluent of the Shannon, but by reason of the non-assent of the adjoining landowners to the expenditure the works were not carried out.

Mr. Barry was subsequently employed by the Board in making plans and carrying out and constructing important drainage-works in twenty-two districts in the county of Mayo.

He resigned his functions under the Board in 1855 in order to start in independent practice as a civil engineer, and he was so engaged for the remainder of his career. His practice was largely in connection with railways. He acted, in conjunction with Mr. (now Sir John) Fowler, Past-President, in the construction of the Great Northern and Western (Ireland) Railway, a total length of about 105 miles, now forming part of the Midland Great Western system, and as sole Engineer of the Castlebar and Ballina parts of the same system. He also acted as engineer to some drainage works near Berlin.

Mr. Barry’s last undertaking was the Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway, the bill for which be promoted and carried through Parliament. This line, 40 miles long, connects Enniskillen with Sligo, crossing Lough Erne by an important bridge.

Mr. Barry in 1877 allied himself with Col. A. L. Tottenham, M.P., one of the principal landowners concerned, and carried out a large portion of the works, including the bridge Over Lough Erne, as engineer and contractor. His engagement with Col. Tottenham closed in 1880. His health shortly afterwards failed, and for upwards of two years before his death he was unable to engage in any professional work.

He died on the 3rd of June, 1885.

Mr. Barry was elected an Associate on the 6th of April, 3852, and transferred to the class of Members on the 28th of April, 1857

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