Alexander McHenry

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Date Details
1843 Born October 24th.
1861 Appointed Fossil Collector to Survey under J.B. Jukes in Ireland.
1877 Appointed Assistant Geologist.
1878 Charged with mapping the difficult districts in Mayo, including Achill Island, later Caledonian ridges of Donegal.
1890 Appointed Geologist.
1908 Retired.
1919 Died April 19th.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

G. A. J. C. (1919). Alexander McHenry, M.R.I.A. Geological Magazine, 6(7), 336-336.DOI:

Lamplugh, G.W. Obituary - Alexander McHenry. [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 76 p.lx-lxi. 1920


Contributed to Memoirs on Giant’s Causeway and North-west and Central Donegal. Also maps and Memoirs on districts round larger cities of Ireland, issued under G.W. Lamplugh, 1903 onwards. Reported on inter basaltic iron-ores and bauxite in Antrim for Memoir published 1912.

80 works listed in the BGS Library catalogue

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
GSM/DC/A/C/7/132,142,146,150,157 A McHenry: Letters on his appointment.
GSM/DC/A/C/23/73,77,83,86,140,141 A McHenry: Letters on his promotion.
GSM/DC/A/C/24/58,90-91,107,111,117 A McHenry: Letters on his promotion.
GSM/DC/A/C/25/79 A McHenry: Letter on his status.