Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Stonecutter and builder, of Lower Abbey Street, Dublin. Frederick Darley, a younger son of HENRY DARLEY [2] HENRY DARLEY [2] , was born in Dublin and baptised in St Thomas's Church on 6 July 1764.   He was a pupil at Sisson Darling's school in Mabbott Street.(1) Although he is referred to in 1802 as being 'among the most eminent architects of the kingdom',(2) he would probably be more properly described as a builder and developer. The frequent references to him in BRYAN BOLGER' BRYAN BOLGER' s papers indicate that he was involved in development in Mountjoy Square and elsewhere on the north side of the city.(3) He was employed by Trinity College, Dublin, as a stonecutter on a regular basis from 1816 until 1824 or later, initially with a George Darley (probably his uncle GEORGE DARLEY [1]  GEORGE DARLEY [1] who died in 1817).(4)

Frederick Darley was admitted a freeman of the City of Dublin at Christmas, 1795; unlike many of the other members of the family who were members of the Guild of Carpenters, he belonged to the Guild of Merchants.(5) He was active in the affairs of Dublin Corporation for many years; he became a sheriff in 1798,(6) master of the city works and alderman in 1800(7) and was Lord Mayor in 1808-9.(8) He was also chief magistrate of police from 1806 or earlier.(9)

Darley married Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Arthur Guinness of Beaumont, Drumcondra, in 1785.(10) The couple had twenty children, FREDERICK DARLEY [2]  FREDERICK DARLEY [2] being the second surviving son.(11) The latter was styled Frederick Darley, junior, until his father's death on 29 June 1841.(12)

Darley was a subscriber to Richard Elsam's Gentleman and Builder's Assistant (Derry, 1808) and to William Stitt's The Practical Architect's Ready Assistant; or Builder's Complete Companion (Dublin, 1819).

Addresses:(13) 88 Lower Abbey Street, 1786; 43 Bachelor's Walk, 1787-88; 88 Lower Abbey Street, 1789-1811; 60 William Street, 1814-1833;  Mabbot Street, 1834;(14) Swanbrook, Donnybrook Road, 1835-1841.(15)

See WORKS.



References

Information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from the entry on Darley by C.J. Woods in DIB.  


(1) Journal of the House of Lords, 25 Mar 1794 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44); R. Refaussé, ed. Register of the Parish of St Thomas, Dublin, 1750-1791 (1994), 30.
(2) Board of Works minutes Book 1, 2 July 1802 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).
(3) See WORKS; Darley also refers to work in Mountjoy Sq in a letter to Bolger, 4 Dec 1799, in NLI MS 10,711. According to his fellow-tradesmen, writing in 1834, he 'built a great part [of] Mountjoy Square'  (Royal Irish Academy, Haliday MS 4B 31;  this manuscript is a copy of a report presented to Daniel O'Connell in 1834 to support the argument for repealing the Act of Union by describing the catastrophic impact the Act had had on the tradesmen of Dublin.)
(4) Trinity College muniments, MUN/P/2/204, 206, 217, 219, 221, 223, 231, 235, 238, 242, 244, 247, 250, 253, 255. There is a gap in the tradesmen's bills between 1824 and 1836.
(5) 'An alphabetical list of the Freemen of the City of Dublin, 1774-1824', The Irish Ancestor XV (1983), Nos. 1 & 2.
(6) CARD XV, 46.
(7) CARD XV, 129,140-41.
(8) CARD XVI, 94.
(9) On 16 Dec 1806 he was thanked by the Mayor and Alderman 'for his very active exertions in quelling the disgraceful riot' in the Theatre Royal two days previously (CARD XV, 514).
(10) Information from manuscript 'Pedigree charts of the Darley family in Ireland 1700-1926' in the possession of Mrs R.C Lewis-Crosby (1998).
(11) See note 9, above.
(12) CARD XIX, 439.
(13) Wilson's and Post Office Directories.
(14) Royal Irish Academy, Haliday MS 4B 31 (see note 3, above.)
(15) In the entry on his son Frederick William Darley in Walpole's County Families(1887) he is described as 'of Fernhill', Co. Dublin, but there is no evidence in the directories for this.


25 work entries listed in chronological order for DARLEY, FREDERICK [1]*


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CARLISLE BRIDGE (OLD)
Date: 1791-94
Nature: FD and Thomas Baker contractors for stonework.
Refs: E. McParland, James Gandon (1981), 194n16

Building: CO. WICKLOW, HOLLYWOOD HOUSE (GLENEALY)
Date: 1796
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures sundry works by FD (connected with small alteration?) for Marquess of Waterford. (House burnt down, 31 May 1901.)
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/127

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CASTLE STREET, DUBLIN CASTLE
Date: 1796
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures stonework at Armory by FD.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/128

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MOUNTJOY SQUARE, HOUSE
Date: 1797
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures carpentry done for (& by?) FD 'at his new built house'.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/124

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MOUNTJOY SQUARE, HOUSE (JOSEPH GOFF, NO. 3?)
Date: 1797
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures stone-cutting by FD at Joseph Goff's house.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/125

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY, BOARD OF ORDNANCE STORES
Date: 179?
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures stonework by FD
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/128

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BERESFORD PLACE, WAREHOUSE (FOLLIOT MAGRATH)
Date: 1800
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures carpentry work for FD at Magraths warehouse, 1800, and sundry works by FD behind house, n.d.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/126

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BERESFORD PLACE, WAREHOUSE (JOHN MASON)
Date: 1800
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures carpentry work done for FD at Mason's new warehouse and sundry work behind house.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/124,126

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MOUNTJOY SQUARE, HOUSE (JEREMIAH D'OLIER)
Date: 1800
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures sundry works by FD (all trades) for Jeremiah d'Olier.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/124

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MOUNTJOY SQUARE, NO. 025-27
Date: 1800
Nature: 3 houses for Mrs Preston (Casey). Bryan Bolger measures sundry works by FD for Mrs Preston, 1800.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/126;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 201-2.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BOOTERSTOWN, BOOTERSTOWN AVENUE, SANS SOUCI
Date: 1802
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures stonework (doorcases &c.) by FD for Wm. Digges La Touche (architect Richard Morrison).
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/125

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, RAHENY, SYBIL HILL
Date: 1802
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures sundry works for FD connected with alts. to house of James Barlow, Esq.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/124;  see also Claire Gogarty, From Village to Suburb: The Building of Clontarf since 1760 (2013), 27-28(illus.).

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HARDWICKE PLACE, ST GEORGE'S CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1802;1808-1809
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures excavations and sundry works by FD by order of F. Johnston, 1802; also stonework for steeple, 1808. FD paid over £5,500 for stonecutter's work, 1808-1809
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/124,126; Papers relating to St George's Church, Dublin…Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 29 April 1825, 7,19 (copy in IAA, RP.D.130.10)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HENRIETTA STREET, KING'S INNS
Date: 1804
Nature: FD employed as stonecutter.
Refs: E. McParland, James Gandon (1981), 199n59.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HENRY STREET, BERESFORD'S BANK
Date: 1808
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures sundry works by FD for John Claudius Beresford.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/124

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PRICE'S LANE, STORES (EDWARD & SAMUEL STEPHENS)
Date: 1808
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures sundry works by FD for Ed. & Sam. Stephens.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/127

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CASTLE STREET, DUBLIN CASTLE
Date: 1810
Nature: FD's stonework measured by Stitt.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/128

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, WILLIAM STREET SOUTH, NO. 059 (POWERSCOURT HOUSE)
Date: 1810
Nature: Stonework for conversion of Powerscourt House into Stamp Office to designs by Francis Johnston.  Measured by Stitt, 1810.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/128

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, WILLIAM STREET SOUTH, CITY ASSEMBLY HOUSE
Date: 1810
Nature: FD submits bill of £23.5s.9d. for stonecutting work executed in process of converting former Exhibition House into City Assembly House.
Refs: CARD XVI, 191

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL STREET LOWER, GENERAL POST OFFICE
Date: 1814
Nature: FD tenders for cut stone work of portico.
Refs: Specification, signed by Francis Johnston, & list of tenders for stone and brickwork, 1814, &c. in An Post archives (photocopy in IAA, RP.L.72

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, VICE-REGAL LODGE
Date: 1816
Nature: Bolger notes work by Darley & Baker on 'Portico in the Park' for Board of Works. £2100.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/128

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GREEN STREET, COURT HOUSE
Date: ?
Nature: Stonework by FD.
Refs: NLI MS 16,233 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MOUNTJOY SQUARE, HOUSE (- JOHNSTON)
Date: ?
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures slating, plastering & stonework by FD for - Johnston's house.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/125

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ST STEPHEN'S GREEN, HOUSE (NO. 16?, ARCHDEACON? FOWLER)
Date: ?
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures sundry works by FD (all trades), for Archdeacon[sic, ?Archbishop] Fowler.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/125

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, STRAND STREET, WAREHOUSE (FRANCIS KIRKPATRICK)
Date: ?
Nature: Bryan Bolger measures sundry works by FD for Francis Kirkpatrick.
Refs: Bryan Bolger MSS, NA/PRO 1A/58/125