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John Pitt Kennedy (1824-1897)

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John Pitt Kennedy (1824-1897)

1851 Associate of Inst Civil Engineers

1857 Member of Inst Civil Engineers

1863 John Pitt Kennedy, Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway, 10 Liverpool Street, New Broad Street, London.[1]

1863 Member of I Mech E

1897 Obituary [2]

JOHN PITT KENNEDY born at Dublin on 17th July 1824, was the son of Mr. William Kennedy of Lough Ash, County Tyrone, and nephew of Colonel John Pitt Kennedy, promoter and for nanny years consulting engineer of the Bombay Baroda and Central Indian Railway.

Having served a pupilage under Sir John Macneill, he was appointed managing engineer of the Mallow Railway, and afterwards superintended the construction of the Londonderry and Coleraine Railway.

In 1853 he went to India, and spent three years on the construction of the Bombay and Baroda Railway.

Returning to England in 1856, he proceeded to Turkey, and was appointed engineer for the Smyrna and Cassaba Railway.

He succeeded his uncle as consulting engineer to the Bombay Baroda and Central Indian Railway, and afterwards held the post of secretary to that company for several years.

His death took place in London from acute congestion of the lungs on 28th November 1897, at the age of seventy-three.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1863, and was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

1898 Obituary [3]

JOHN PITT KENNEDY, born on the 17th July, 1824, was the only surviving son of Mr. William Kennedy, of Lough Ash, CO. Tyrone, and a grandson of the Rev. John Pitt Kennedy, Rector of Carn Donagh, Co. Donegal, and afterwards Rector of Balteagh, in the county of Londonderry.

The subject of this notice became a pupil of Sir John Macneill, under whom he was engaged subsequently for three years as a Resident Engineer on the Great Southern and Western Railway of Ireland. He was next for two years in charge of the construction of a section of the Derry and Coleraine Railway.

In the year 1853 the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway Company, with which Mr. Kennedy was for so long associated, was founded by his uncle, the late Colonel John Pitt Kennedy, R.E., in conjunction with the late Colonel French.

At the commencement of operations, in October, 1853, Mr. Kennedy was appointed Managing Agent and District Engineer in charge in India, where he remained until March, 1856. In that year he returned to England, and shortly after his marriage was appointed Engineer to the Smyrna and Cassaba Railway.

From June, 1863, to May, 1864, he acted, during the absence of Colonel Kennedy in India, as Consulting Engineer to the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway Company, and from March, 1879, to June, 1882, during the interval between the death of Colonel Kennedy and the appointment of the late Mr. Francis Mathew, he again officiated in that capacity.

From October, 1883, to February, 1885, Mr. Kennedy acted as Secretary to the Company in England, and in November of the latter year he was appointed Inspecting Engineer of permanent way and material, under the Consulting Engineer, Sir Alexander Rendel.

That post Mr. Kennedy held until his death, which took place at his residence, 29 Lupus Street, S.W., on the 28th November, 1897. He was an able engineer, and his kind and genial disposition gained for him universal esteem and respect. His face was well known in the rooms of the Institution, of which he was elected an Associate on the 4th March, 1851, and transferred to the class of Members on the 5th May, 1857.

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