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William James Pirrie

 
 
William James Pirrie Dedication Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 12, 2019
1. William James Pirrie Dedication Marker
Inscription.  

In loving and most grateful memory of
my beloved husband

William James Pirrie

1st Viscount K.P. P.C. H M.L.
Born 31st May 1847 - Died 7th June 1924.
Only son of
James Alexander Pirrie and Eliza Swan Montgomery
Married 17th April 1879 Margaret M. Carlisle
Daughter of John Carlisle and Catherine Montgomery

He entered Queens Island as an apprentice 23 June 1862
62 years later on 23rd June 1924 he was laid to rest here.
As Chairman of Messrs. Harland & Wolff's vast organization
for so many years he by his own cheerful service and
wide experience proved an inspiration to the many
fellow-workers identified with him in the evolution
of shipbuilding. It was his joy to recognize their
loyalty and allegiance. On all seas the ships that
sail testify to the great benefits his genius conferred
on mankind. He spent his life endeavouring to be useful
in his day and generation and was closely associated
always with the progress of and charities in this city.
Here also rests
Margaret

The Royal Victoria Hospital Marker on Pirrie Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 12, 2019
2. The Royal Victoria Hospital Marker on Pirrie Monument
M. Carlisle
Wife of William James Viscount Pirrie K.P.
Born 31st May 1857 — Died 19th June 1935
She was the devoted companion and helpmate of her husband
always interested in and sharing his lifework during the 47 years
they were together; and promoting with boundless energy
and enthusiasm, plans for the welfare of others — a truly
lovable woman she endeared herself to all who knew her

Thrice blest and more whom vows, unbroken bind,
Whose love is ne'er of jarring moods the slave,
Yea! nobly blest, to whom tis given to find
Devotion steadfast even to the end.

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The Royal Victorian Hospital

The Board of Management of the Royal Victoria Hospital, on 18th June
desires to record the profound sorrow with which it has heard
of the unexpected death of Viscount Pirrie. The sad tidings
when flashed over sea and land startled the civilized world for
it was everywhere recognized that a cosmopolitan personality
had passed off the stage of time. Language fails to express
adequately the unique position occupied by the deceased peer
in the shipbuilding and commercial life of mankind. But the
citizens of

S.S. Venetian bas relief on Pirrie Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 12, 2019
3. S.S. Venetian bas relief on Pirrie Monument
Belfast, where his mammoth vessels were built can
appreciate possibly better than most, the genius and capacity
of the marvellous brain that now rests from its labours but
whose splendid ideals of craftsmanship are still the envy of
those who plan, as well as those who go to sea in ships.
"His own business, however, did not exhaust his manifold
energies. The debt this hospital owes to Lord and Lady Pirrie
is generally recognized from its inception without interruption
they had together fostered its interests with unremitting care
and princely generosity.
"The Board realising the great loss it has sustained, and at
the same time remembering the grief of the gracious Lady who
has for long discharged with rare efficiency and acceptance the
duties of president of this hospital would tender her its
respectful sympathy, accompanied with the prayer that God will
uphold and comfort her "until the day breaks and the shadows
flee away." 1924

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S.S. Venetian 1508 Gross Tons
For Bibby Line, first steamer built by Harland & Wolff 1860
[bas relief]
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R.M.S.
R.M.S. Olympic bas relief on Pirrie Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 12, 2019
4. R.M.S. Olympic bas relief on Pirrie Monument
Olympic 46439 Gross Tons
For White Star Line built by Harland & Wolff 1911
[bas relief]

 
Erected 1924.
 
Location. 54° 35.802′ N, 5° 55.757′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in County Antrim. Marker is on Donegall Square East just south of Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1), on the right when traveling south. Monument is on the Belfast City Hall grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Donegall Square, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT1 5GS, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Titanic Memorial Garden (here, next to this marker); "Titanic" Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Royal Irish Rifles South African War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); First U.S.A.E.F. Landed in This City 26 Jan 1942 (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry George "Harry" Ferguson (within shouting distance of this marker); James Joseph Magennis (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the City Centre (within shouting distance of this marker); The Water Office (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
 
Regarding William James Pirrie. From the Belfast City Hall website:

William Pirrie, Managing Director of the Harland and
William James Pirrie Bust on Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 12, 2019
5. William James Pirrie Bust on Monument
Wolff shipyard served as Lord Mayor of Belfast between 1896 and 1898. He was instrumental in the conception of Titanic but also in the idea of a new civic building for Belfast in City Hall. Designed by sculptor Bertram Pergram, this memorial was unveiled following his death in 1924 in Belfast's City Cemetery. After restoration, the bust was rededicated here in 2006 on the 159th anniversary of William Pirrie's birth. Plaques depict the Royal Victoria Hospital- a building which Pirrie was very involved in the construction of, and another depicts SS Venetian - the first ship to be built by Harland and Wolff.
 
Also see . . .  William James Pirrie, Viscount Pirrie Bio. (Submitted on May 25, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 25, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
 
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