MALLET, ROBERT *
- Born: 1755 Died: 1804
Cabinetmaker and plumber, of Dublin. Robert Mallet, who was baptised in North Tawton, Devon, on 16 January 1755, was.the youngest son of John Mallet, blacksmith, and his wife Jane (née Cunnett) and a brother of RICHARD MALLET . He came to Dublin from London in 1781(1) and set up in business as a cabinetmaker at 62 Capel Street. In 1782. In Dublin he married Anne, daughter of William Pike, who had a plumbing business at 16 Ship Street He was admitted a Freeman of the City of Dublin as a member of the Guild of Cabinetmakers by Grace Especial at Easter 1787(2) and was elected one of the representatives of the Guild of Joiners on the Common Council of Dublin in 1799 and again in 1802.(3) In addition to cabinetmaking, Robert Mallet also manufactured 'all kinds of water and fire engines, forcing and lifting pumps, patent and common water closets'. After the death of William Pike in 1801, Robert Mallet took over the plumbing business in Ship Street. At some stage he was appointed plumber to the Board of Works; writing to the Board on 16 March 1802, he asked to be allowed to continue in the post.(4) He died in 1804. The business was carried on by his nephew and son-in-law JOHN MALLET , who had married his daughter Thomasina.
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from R.C. Cox, 'Robert Mallet: Engineer and Scientist', in R.C. Cox, ed. Robert Mallet 1810-1881: Centenary Seminar Papers (1982). Genealogical information was kindly supplied by Richard Mallett, Reading, England, in e-mail of 26 Sep 2009, and the Mallett family history website, www.mallettfamilyhistory.org . A MS history of the Dublin branch of the Mallet family by Reginald West is in the library of the Royal Dublin Society.
(1) Board of Works minute book, 16 Mar 1802 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).
(2) 'An alphabetical list of the Freemen of the City of Dublin, 1774-1824', The Irish Ancestor XV (1983), Nos. 1 & 2, unpaginated.
(4) CARD XV, 535,537.
(4) See note 1, above.