BROWN, JAMES *
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Mason who assisted in the construction of the Belfast Poorhouse, opened in 1774.(1) James Brown advertised stone goods, such as headstones, rolling-stones, grindstones, chimney-pieces and flagstones, in the Belfast News Letter on 5 February 1768 and 11 May 1773. In the latter advertisement he described himself as a stone-cutter working on the Poorhouse infirmary.(2) He is probably the same person as the James Brown, quarryman, whom JOHN SOANE visited at Ballycastle in August 1880 to negotiate a price for the supply of stone for the construction of Downhill House.(3) See also JAMES BROWN .
(1) C.E.B.Brett, Buildings of Belfast (2nd edition, 1967), 4.
(2) From www.ucs.louisiana.edu/bnl/.
(3) Pierre du Prey, '"Je n'oublieray jamais": John Soane and Downhill', BIGS 21 (Jul-Dec 1978),31-33 (reference supplied by Anne Casement)..