Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Belfast and Donaghadee, Co. Down.   Thomas Pentland, who, according to the 1911 census, was born in Co. Down in 1871 or 1872, served his articles with JAMES JOHN PHILLIPS  JAMES JOHN PHILLIPS of Belfast. He was in private practice in Belfast from the 1890s and in 1906 was appointed town surveyor of Donaghadee.(1) He resigned this position in 1908 on being appointed architect to the Belfast Villa Colony Co.(2) His name does not appear again in the Irish Builder until 1925,(3) after which a steady stream of work - mainly houses and shops - is recorded.

Pentland died on 14 September 1940 at the age of sixty-nine.  He was married twice, first in 1894 to Sarah Remington Smyth (d. 1903) and second in 1910 to his sister-in-law  Susan Isobel Smyth.  He had four daughters by his first wife and at the time of the 1911 census two sons by his second. Both these sons became architects: Thomas Parkhill Pentland, LRIBA, worked in the office of Samuel Stevenson & Sons in Belfast, and William H. Pentland was on the staff of the Air Ministry in England at the time of his father's death.

Pentland's assistants included PATRICK GREGORY  PATRICK GREGORY and JACKSON GRAHAM SMYTH. JACKSON GRAHAM SMYTH.

Addresses:  Work:  35 High Street, Belfast, 1902-1903;(4) 81 High Street, 1903.(5)
Home: 20 Skegoneil Avenue, Duncairn, Belfast, 1901;  145 Belmont Road, Victoria, Belfast, 1911.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the brief obituary of Pentland in IB 82, 28 Sep 1940, 594.  Another obituary (not seen) is in B 159, 4 Oct 1940, 330. Genealogical information was supplied by Graham Marshall,Sep 2012.


(1) IB 48, 21 Apr 1906, 326.
(2) IB 50, 2 May 1908, 277.
(3) Some of these works are given to 'T.P. Pentland' and one to 'W.T. Pentland'.
(4) IB 43, 4 Dec 1902, 1510; 44, 29 Jan 1903, 1574.
(5) IB 44, 26 Feb 1903, 1626.


29 work entries listed in chronological order for PENTLAND, THOMAS


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MERSEY STREET, OVAL FOOTBALL GROUND
Date: 1831-32
Nature: Addition to stand, for Glentoran Recreation Co.
Refs: IB 73, 1 Aug 1931, ;6;85; 74, 26 Mar 1932, 303

Building: CO. DOWN, DONAGHADEE, MANSE
Date: 1897
Nature: New manse, for committee of 1st Presbyterian Church. To cost £810.
Refs: IB 39, 15 Apr 1897, 77

Building: ?, MOLLUSK, DAIRY
Date: 1902
Nature: Alts. & adds. to residence of Mr James Barton.
Refs: IB 44, 19 Jun 1902, 1285

Building: CO. DOWN, GREYABBEY, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1902-03
Nature: New church for 300 persons with vestry, committee room and large Sabbath School hall. In course of erection Apr 1903. FS laid, 6 Aug 1903, by Mrs W.E. Montgomery, Greyabbey.. Contractor: Hugh Burrows & Sons, Newtownards. Contract price: £1,500. (Replaced one of 1860? See DAJ(?) (1969), 16)
Refs: IB 44, 4 Dec 1902, 1510; 45, 29 Jan,26 Feb,23 Apr,13 Aug 1903, 1574,1626,1710(illus. in supplement),1916

Building: CO. DOWN, HELEN'S BAY, HOUSE
Date: 1902-03
Nature: New house for T. Brand.
Refs: IB 44, 4 Dec 1902, 1510; 45, 1 Jan 1903, 1538(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANNESLEY STREET, SYNAGOGUE
Date: 1903
Nature: Plans being prepared for new synagogue costing approx. £3,000. (Not executed?)
Refs: IB 45, 14 Jun 1903, 1814

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CROMAC ST?, SHOPS
Date: 1903
Nature: 'New shops for Mr. J.J. McKee, Comac-street, Belfast'.
Refs: IB 45, 23 Apr 1903, 1704

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KENSINGTON GARDENS, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1925
Nature: Two villas.
Refs: IB 67, 26 Dec 1925, 1053

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KENSINGTON PARK, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1925
Nature: Two villas.
Refs: IB 67, 30 May 1925, 443

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KENSINGTON PARK, HOUSE
Date: 1925
Nature: Villa.
Refs: IB 67, 19 Sep 1925, 778

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BELMONT ROAD, GARAGE & OFFICES
Date: 1926
Nature: For Mssrs. Greenhill & Craig. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 17 Apr 1926, 310

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, EDINBURGH STREET, HOUSES (003)
Date: 1926
Nature: For Mr P. Copeland. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 23 Jan 1926, 61

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SYDENHAM DRIVE, HOUSES (029)
Date: 1926
Nature: For Mssrs. Greenhill & Craig. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 7 Aug 1926, 619

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OLD NEWTOWNARDS ROAD UPPER, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1927
Nature: 2 villas for Mr W. Lynn. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 20 Aug 1927, 616

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CHELSEA STREET, HOUSES (023)
Date: 1928
Nature: -
Refs: IB 70, 4 Aug 1928, 672

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MERSEY STREET (NEW STREET OFF), HOUSES (016)
Date: 1928
Nature: -
Refs: IB 70, 29 Sep 1928, 836

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SANDY ROW, HOUSE
Date: 1929
Nature: -
Refs: IB 71, 7 Dec 1929, 1092

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SANDY ROW, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1929
Nature: -
Refs: IB 71, 2 Mar 1929, 190

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ORMEAU ROAD, SHOP & STORES
Date: 1929-1930
Nature: Conversion of house into same. (Possibly 2 different houses; 1929 ref. gives architect's name as W.T. Pentland, i.e. William?)
Refs: IB 71, 21 Dec 1929, 1138; 72, 26 Apr 1930, 383

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BELMONT CHURCH ROAD, SHOP
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 10 May 1930, 431

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ORMEAU ROAD, SHOP & STORE
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 21 Jun 1930, 563

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BELMONT CHURCH ROAD, SHOP
Date: 1931
Nature: Adds. to lock-up shop.
Refs: IB 73, 5 Dec 1931, 1063

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD UPPER, PREMISES
Date: 1931
Nature: Add.
Refs: IB 73, 5 Dec 1931, 1063

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CASTLEREAGH ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1932
Nature: For R. McIndoe.
Refs: IB 74, 16 Jan 1932, 69

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LISBURN ROAD, SHOP
Date: 1932
Nature: For William Tweedie.
Refs: IB 74, 13 Feb 1932, 161

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HAWTHORNDEN GARDENS, HOUSE
Date: 1933
Nature: For D. Harvey.
Refs: IB 75, 26 Aug 1933, 734

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, PARK ROAD, WALL
Date: 1933
Nature: Boundary wall, for T. Dennison.
Refs: IB 75, 7 Oct 1933, 862

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KIRKLISTON PARK, HOUSES (004)
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: IB 76, 27 Jan 1934, ;70

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MERMOUNT GARDENS, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1938
Nature: -
Refs: IB 80, 15 Oct 1938, 874