Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Landscape gardener and topographical writer. James Fraser was born in Edinburgh in 1793. He worked at Trinity College Botanic Garden in Dublin, and was head gardener to Frederick Bourne at Terenure, Co. Dublin, when he came to the notice of J.C. Loudon. The two men became friends. Loudon, who considered Fraser an 'excellent botanist and gardener as well as a man of general information', appointed him Irish correspondent of his Gardener's Magazine. Fraser set himself up as a professional landscape gardener in 1829 and supplemented his income by writing travel guides. He died in 1863 from complications arising from a chest cold at his house at 25 Westland Row and was buried at Harold's Cross Cemetery, Dublin.(1)

Addresses:(2) Work: 17 Dorset Street Lower, <=1839->=1847; 25 Westland Row, <=1853 until death.
Home: Delaford, Templeogue, <=1857 until death.

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References

All information in this entry no otherwise accounted for is from Edward Malins & Patrick Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830(1980), 21-22, and Ray Desmond, Dictionary of British & Irish Botanists and horticulturalists (Natural History Museum, 1994), 262

(1) Grave no. 3089.
(2) From Thom's and Post Office directories.


13 work entries listed in chronological order for FRASER, JAMES


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Building: CO. OFFALY, LOUGHTON (MONEYGALL)
Date: 1834
Nature: JF advises Lord Bloomfield.
Refs: A.P.W. Malcomson, The Clements Archive (Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2010), 391.

Building: CO. WEXFORD, SAUNDERSCOURT
Date: 1840ca
Nature: Landscape designed by Fraser for 4th Earl of Arran.
Refs: Edward Malins & Patrick Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830(1980), 27-8

Building: CO. CORK, DRISHANE CASTLE
Date: ?
Nature: Pleasure-grounds designed by Fraser, for ?Thomas Somerville.
Refs: Edward Malins & Patrick Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830(1980), 29

Building: CO. WEXFORD, BALLYHYLAND
Date: ?
Nature: Pleasure-grounds designed by Fraser, for ?John Howlin
Refs: Edward Malins & Patrick Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830(1980), 29

Building: CO. LAOIS, BLANDSFORT
Date: ?
Nature: Pleasure-grounds designed by Fraser, for ?Loftus Henry Bland.
Refs: Edward Malins & Patrick Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830(1980), 29

Building: CO. WATERFORD, CURRAGHMORE
Date: ?
Nature: Design of parterre and semicircular garden by Fraser, for Marchioness of Waterford.
Refs: Edward Malins & Patrick Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830(1980), 35

Building: CO. LIMERICK, ADARE MANOR
Date: ?
Nature: Park renovated by JF, for Earl of Dunraven.
Refs: Edward Malins & Patrick Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830(1980), 28

Building: CO. LIMERICK, CASTLE OLIVER (ALIAS CLOGHANODFOY, CLONODFOY, & GLENORTHY CASTLE)
Date: ?
Nature: Garden and park designed by Fraser for the Misses Gascoigne.
Refs: Edward Malins & Patrick Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830(1980), 28.

Building: CO. KILKENNY, CASTLE MORRES
Date: ?
Nature: Proposed design for park, for Lord Mountmorres.
Refs: Edward Malins & Patrick Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830(1980), 28

Building: CO. KILKENNY, GOWRAN CASTLE
Date: ?
Nature: Proposed extension to park, for Lord Clifden.
Refs: Drawing in NLI; Edward Malins & Patrick Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830(1980), 28

Building: CO. CORK, CASTLEMARTYR, CASTLE MARTYR
Date: ?
Nature: Garden designed by Fraser for 4th Earl of Shannon.
Refs: Edward Malins & Patrick Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830(1980), 28

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, TERENURE PARK
Date: ?
Nature: Design of grounds, for Frederick Bourne.
Refs: Edward Malins & Patrick Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830(1980), 21-22, and Ray Desmond, Dictionary of British & Irish Botanists and horticulturalists (Natural History Museum, 1994), 262

Building: CO. DOWN, CLANDEBOYE HOUSE
Date: ?
Nature: Early 19th c. planting considered by Terence Reeves-Smyth to be the work of JF.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 48

Author Title Date Details
Fraser, James Guide through Ireland 1838 Dublin: W. Curry Jr & Co., 1838. (Further expanded editions, entitled Handbook for travellers in Ireland 1843, 1854, 1859.)
Fraser, James Guide to the County of Wicklow 1842 Dublin: Curry, jun., 1842.
Fraser, James Handbook for the Lakes of Killarney 1849 Dublin: J. McGlashan, 1849.
Fraser, James Handbook for Dublin and its environs 1853 Dublin: J. McGlashan, 1853.