Basic Biographical Details

Name: Edward Lawrence Ireland Blyth
Designation: Architect, Engineer
Born: 7 June 1825
Died: 22 November 1902
Bio Notes: Edward Lawrence Ireland Blyth was born on 7 June 1825, the son of Robert Brittain Blyth, a Birmingham hardware merchant, and Barbara Cooper. He began his career alongside his elder brother Benjamin Hall Blyth as an assistant in the office of Grainger & Miller. His brother commenced independent practice in Edinburgh in 1848 and Edward joined him in partnership in 1854, the practice title being B & E Blyth. They quickly established a reputation as consulting engineers. Work flowed in from the Caledonian, Glasgow & South Western, Scottish Central, Dundee & Perth, Great North of Scotland and Portpatrick railway companies. They had a reputation for efficiency and thoroughness. Benjamin Hall Blyth died from overwork in 1866 leaving just over 56,000. The following year Edward took George Miller Cunningham, who had been the firm's chief assistant for many years, into partnership, the practice becoming Blyth & Cunningham. Benjamin Hall Blyth's eldest son (also Benjamin Hall Blyth) joined the partnership in 1871, having graduated MA at Edinburgh University and served as an apprentice and assistant in the family firm since 1867. Edward retired in 1886 to become Scottish American investment manager advising principally on railroads. David Monro Westland, who had joined the firm in 1863 and had risen to the post of chief assistant, was then taken into partnership, the practice title changing to Cunningham, Blyth & Westland.

Edward married Katherine Maria Clarke at Inverurie on 10 March 1853. He died on 22 November 1902 at Inchgarry, North Berwick, leaving moveable estate of 53,941 9s 3d. He was buried at North Berwick and was survived by his wife and Edward Lawrence Ireland Blyth, born 2 June 1887.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, engineer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1135, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness18541886 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect, engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Grainger & MillerAfter 1840Before 1845Assistant 
Item 2 of 3B & E Blyth18541867Partner 
Item 3 of 3Blyth & Cunningham18671886Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architect, engineer was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 201858Glenluce Railway Viaduct  WigtownshireScotland 
Item 2 of 201859Loch Ken Railway Viaduct   Scotland 
Item 3 of 201859Portpatrick Railway ViaductPortpatrick WigtownshireScotland 
Item 4 of 201859Railway BridgesDalmarnock GlasgowScotlandAttribution
Item 5 of 201861Bervie Branch Railway ViaductBervie KincardineshireScotland 
Item 6 of 201861Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway  EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 201861Stranraer bridge over railwayStranraer WigtownshireScotland 
Item 8 of 201861Stranraer railway stationStranraer WigtownshireScotlandAlso adjoining workshops
Item 9 of 201861Water of Fleet viaduct  KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 10 of 201865Avon Railway ViaductChatelherault LanarkshireScotland 
Item 11 of 20c. 1865Edinchip BridgeLochearnhead PerthshireScotland 
Item 12 of 201872Victoria Bridge  AberdeenScotland 
Item 13 of 201876Caledonian Railway Bridge over the Clyde  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 201876Glasgow Central Station  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 201877Ayr New BridgeAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 16 of 201877Carron DockGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 17 of 201881Carlisle Citadel StationCarlisle CumberlandEnglandAlterations and additions
Item 18 of 201883Spey ViaductGarmouth MorayshireScotlandWith Patrick M Barnett
Item 19 of 201884Perth Joint StationPerth PerthshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 20 of 201885Belford Bridge  EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect, engineer:
Item 1 of 2Blyth & Blyth1948A history of the firm of Blyth & Blyth, chartered civil engineers, consulting structural engineers 1848-1948 Edinburgh: C J Cousland 
Item 2 of 2Johnston, W T Scottish Engineers and Shipbuilders   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect, engineer:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman23 November 1902  Check this