Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Warwick, for whom see Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (4th edn., 2008). Francis Hiorne was commissioned by Arthur, 5th Earl of Donegall, to design St Anne's Church in Donegall Street, Belfast. The church, which was completed in 1776, was demolished to make way for the present St Anne's Cathedral.(1) Hiorne is also said to have been consulted over the design of Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, erected in 1783.(2) The Belfast News Letter records him among passengers who sailed from Donaghadee, Co. Down, in September 1777 and August 1778.(3)

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(1) For details see Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 127.
(2) Historical Memorials of the First Presbyterian Church (Belfast, 1887, 21, cited by Brett, The Buildings of Belfast (2nd ed., 1985), 5,6.
(3) Belfast News Letter, 23-26 Sep 1888, 21-15 Aug 1778 (www.ucs.louisiana.edu/bnl/); in the former he is named as 'Mr Hiorn', in the latter as 'Francis Hiorne'.


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL STREET, ST ANNE'S CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1776
Nature: By FH, for 5th Earl of Donegall, assisted by Roger Mulholland. Completed 1776, demolished in stages between 1900 and 1922 to make way for the present St Anne's Cathedral.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 127-128 (see also Duncan Scarlett, Dedicated to St Anne (2007), 6-8(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ROSEMARY STREET, 1ST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1783
Nature: FH said to have given advice re design.
Refs: Historical Memorials of the First Presbyterian Church (Belfast, 1887, 21, cited by Brett, The Buildings of Belfast (2nd ed., 1985), 5,6.