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John MacIlwaine

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John MacIlwaine (1842-1907) of MacIlwaine and Lewis and later MacIlwaine and MacColl

1842 Born at Dublin the son of William Sandford MacIlwaine and his wife Jane Wilson

1888 'Mr. J. H. MacIlwaine, of the firm of Messrs. MacIlwaine & Lewis, shipbuilders, Abercorn Basin, stated that his father, Canon MacIlwaine, had often told him....'[1]

1907 Died at Antrim.


1907 Obituary.[2]

The announcement the death of this well-known and highly-esteemed gentleman will received with sincere regret by a very large circle of friends and acquaintances. Mr. Macllwame, who was about 61 years age, had been in ill-health for some time, and he passed away yesterday morning at his residence, Encliffe, Bangor, County Down.

The deceased was the eldest son of the. late Rev. Canon MacIlwaine, who was for many years rector of St. George's Church, Belfast. He was educated privately, and subsequently served his apprenticeship to the shipbuilding and engineering trade with the firm of Messrs. Robert Hickson & Co., whose works were afterwards taken over by their manager — the late Sir Edward J. Harland, Bart., M.P., who founded the successful firm Messrs. Harland Wolff, Ltd.

Subsequently Mr. MacIlwaine, in partnership with the late Mr. Lewis, entered into business for himself under the style Messrs. MacIlwaine and Lewis, shipbuilders and engineers, and later, on a change in its constitution, the firm became Messrs. MacIlwains and M’Coll.

Since that firm ceased to exist he had practised consulting engineer, and he was member of the Institute of Naval Architects. The deceased was man of marked ability and of kindly disposition, and enjoyed the respect and goodwill all who were brought into contact with him. He was naturally deeply interested in all that concerned the welfare and prosperity of Belfast, though he never took any active part in public affairs. In politics he was a staunch Conservative, and was a member of the Church of Ireland. In sport of various kinds manifested a keen interest, and in his younger days played for the North of Ireland Cricket Club, with which be had always retained his connection. was one of the original members and former captain of the Royal Belfast Club, and he was also a member the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, the County Down Golf club, the Ulster Club, and the Union Club. Mr. MacIlwaine leaves a widow and four sons, all the latter occupying successful positions in life, and sincere sympathy will be felt for the relatives in their sad bereavement.



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Sources of Information

  1. Belfast News-Letter - Monday 23 July 1888
  2. Belfast News-Letter - Wednesday 05 June 1907