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William Douglass

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William Douglass (c1831- ), civil engineer, specialising in lighthouses

c.1831 Born son of Nicholas Douglass in Bromley, Middx[1]

1851 Engineer, lights; lodging in Newcastle upon Tyne[2]

1862 On the promotion of his brother, James Nicholas Douglass, to be Engineer in Chief to Trinity House William became resident engineer of the Wolf Rock Lighthouse, then under construction; he was succeeded by Mr M. Beazeley shortly before completion in 1870.

c.1869 Married Jane (b.1840); they had 6 children

1881 of Mount Usher, Monkstown, County Dublin

1885 Chief Engineer to the Commissioners of Irish Lights, Westmoreland Street, Dublin.

1911 Living in Penzance. Retired engineer to court of Irish Rights[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 census
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1911 census