Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Roscommon, and Tuam, Co. Galway. Mark or Marcus Murray, who was master builder at the Catholic cathedral in Tuam in 1831-32 following the dismissal of DOMINICK MADDEN DOMINICK MADDEN ,(1) appears to have been responsible for the overall design for the ornamentation of the cathedral in 1836 and 1837. In the report on the progress of the cathedral of published in February 1838,(2) Murray, who was paid £71 on 20 January 1838, is described as 'of Roscommon'. He is almost certainly the 'M. Murray Archt' who prepared designs for a house for James D'Arcy at Newforest, Co. Galway. An elevation and plan which was in the possession of William D'Arcy of Fortwilliam in 1976 is signed 'M. Murray Archt, Tuam, Sepr 28th 1835'.(3)  He died at Tuam on 10 November 1846 'at an advanced age'.(4) 

Mark Murray's son WILLIAM MURRAY WILLIAM MURRAY , a stonemason, was paid £279.3s.3d for exterior stonework at Tuam Cathedral between 1831 and 1832,(5) and a further £664.9s.1d on 20 January 1838 for erecting the 'tower, Roman altar and gate'.(6)

See also MARK MURRAY [1] MARK MURRAY [1] , who may be the same person.



References



(1) Metropolitan Cathedral Tuam: Report for the Year ending 1st February, 1832; according to Patricia McCarthy & Kevin V. Mulligan 'Unfulfilled mediocrity: the hapless career of Dominick Madden in the west of Ireland', Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, 10 (2007), 104, Murray was probably appointed to superintend the work at Tuam on the recommendation of Bernard Mullins.
(2) Metropolitan Cathedral, Tuam: Report for the year 1837 (1838) (copy in Royal Irish Academy, Ordnance Survey MSS, Box 28).
(3) Information from W. English, August, 1976 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44); four other unsigned, undated drawings, one certainly and three probably in the same hand, are in the same collection. According to W. English the drawings are amateurish.
(4) Tuam Herald, 14 Nov 1846.
(5) See note 1, above.
(6) See note 2, above.


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Building: CO. GALWAY, NEWFOREST
Date: 1835
Nature: Designs for proposed house, for James D'Arcy by 'M. Murray Archt, Tuam, Sepr 28th 1835'.
Refs: Drawings in collection of William D'Arcy, Fortwilliam, 1976 (E.McP files, citing information from W. English)

Building: CO. GALWAY, TUAM, CATHEDRAL OF THE ASSUMPTION (RC)
Date: 1836-37
Nature: MM 'architect' responsible for ornamentation of cathedral. Cut stone work by his son William Murray, who was paid £664.9s.1d in 1838 for erecting tower, Roman altar and gate; stucco by John Daven, Galway; carved wood by John Burke, Tuam; stained glass by O'Connor, Dublin.
Refs: Metropolitan Cathedral Tuam: Report for the Year ending 1st February, 1832; Metropolitan Cathedral, Tuam: Report for the year ending 31 December 1837 (Tuam Herald, 1838) (copy in Royal Irish Academy, Ordnance Survey MSS, Box 28); E.McP files cite O'Kelly Pamphlet 3484, which mentions design for window copied from a Glasgow model.

Building: CO. MAYO, BALLINA, CATHEDRAL OF ST MUIREDACH (RC)
Date: 1841
Nature: MM prepares specificaitons for 'groining, plastering, stucco work', carried out by Arthur Canning.
Refs: Patricia McCarthy & Kevin V. Mulligan 'Unfulfilled mediocrity: the hapless career of Dominick Madden in the west of Ireland', Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, 10 (2007), 133