Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer and architect of Dublin. Richard Armstrong Gray, who was born circa 1819, was county surveyor for No. 1 District of Co. Dublin from 1855 until 1862 and for No. 2 District from 1863 until until his death.(1) He may be the 'Mr Gray' who was awarded third prize in the competition for remodelling Kilmainham gaol in 1857.(2)

Gray retired in 1896 and died on 3 April 1899 at the age of eighty.(3) He was buried in Mount Jerome cemetery.(4)  By his wife Susanna he was the father of ROBERT DWITT GRAY. T ROBERT DWITT GRAY. T he civil engineer Dewitt Gray, of 7 Upper Sherrard Street, who appears in the classified section of Thom's directories between 1865 and 1871, and subsequently in the English census of 1881, when he was living in Camberwell, was presumably also related.

ICEI: elected member, 1849;(5) council member, 1860-1863,1876,1889.(6)
RSAI: elected member 1 September 1858, proposed by William C. Burgess.(7)

Addresses:(8) Skerries, Co. Dublin, 1858;(9) 3 & 4 Clonliffe Parade, Fairview, Dublin, <=1863-1868; 5 Palmerston Villas, Rathmines, 1868->=1883; also 11 Holmpatrick Terrace, Skerries, <=1874->=1875;(10) Fortfield House, Upper Rathmines,<=1887 until death.

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(1) O'Donoghue, and Jones transcripts from Thom's Directories. According to the obituary of W.P Collen in IB 74, 7 May 1932, 417, Collen, who was already surveyor for the northern division of the county succeeded Gray as surveyor for the southern division also on the latter's death.
(2) B 15, 20 Jun 1857, 353.
(3) O'Donoghue.
(4) O'Donoghue.
(5) TICEI lists of members.
(6) Jones transcripts of lists of officers in Thom's Directories.
(7) JRSAI 5 (1858-59), 149.
(8) Unless otherwise stated from Thom's & Post Office Directories, Jones's transcripts from lists of county council officers in Thom's Official Directories, and TICEI lists of members.
(9) See note 7, above.
(10) This address was also shared by the Skerries Building Company, a business which had ceased to exist by 1883.


4 work entries listed in chronological order for GRAY, RICHARD ARMSTRONG


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, INCHICORE ROAD, KILMAINHAM GAOL
Date: 1857
Nature: 'Mr Gray' wins 3rd prize in competition (announced, May 1857) for remodelling and enlarging gaol
Refs: B 15, 20 Jun 1857, 353

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BALLYMUN, CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1864
Nature: ?
Refs: Plan of churchyard in NLI, AD 1587.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, JOHNSTOWN KENNEDY (RATHCOOLE)
Date: 1879
Nature: Proposed gate lodge. Architect's name appears on drawing as 'R.A. Grey'. (Differs from lodge as built.)
Refs: IB 21, 15 Aug 1879, 246(illus.)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, HOLLYWOODRATH (MULHUDDART)
Date: ?
Nature: Dixie Dean says gate lodge is identical to that at Johnstown Kennedy which is probably by Gray.
Refs: Information in telephone call, Feb 2002