Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder and stone merchant, of Dublin, active from the 1820s until the 1840s. Thomas Baker [2] appears to have been a son of THOMAS BAKER [1]  THOMAS BAKER [1] and a brother-in-law of GILBERT COCKBURN [1] GILBERT COCKBURN [1] . Although Thomas Baker, senior & junior, are listed as builders at 18 and 19 North Strand respectively in Pigot & Co.'s City of Dublin and Hibernian Provincial Directory in 1824, he does not appear in Wilson's Dublin Directory until 1837. From 1836 or earlier until 1842 he and Gilbert Cockburn (referred to both as Mssrs. Baker & Cockburn or Mssrs. Cockburn & Baker) were employed on a regular basis at Trinity College, Dublin.(1)   In 1844 he shot himself 'in a state of mental derangement from religious despondency', convinced that 'he was too great a sinner to receive forgiveness of God'.(2)

Addresses:(3) 19 North Strand, 1824; 38 Blessington Street, <=1837->=1839; 38 Blessington Street and 49 Talbot Street, <=1841->=1844.



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(1) Trinity College muniments, MUN/P/2/262, 263, 265, 267, 272, 278, 80, 285, 286, 288, 289, 291-4, 296, 298, 300, 305, 308.
(2) Tuam Herald, 13 Jul 1844.
(3)   From Wilson', Post Office and Pettigrew & Oulton's directories.