Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English landscape gardener, employed by Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace and Sandringham.In Ireland Thomas designed a large parterre at Baronscourt, Co. Tyrone, for the first(?) Duke of Abercorn.(1) He also made unexecuted proposals for the gardens at Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow, for the seventh Viscount Powerscourt.(2)  In the early 1860s he was asked by Charles Powell Leslie of Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, to decide which trees on the demesne should  be felled  to make room for Leslie's proposed new house, suggestions which Leslie eventually ignored,(3)  Much later, in 1883, he declined an invitation from Lord Dufferin to advise on alterations at Clandeboye, Co. Down.(4)



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(1) E. Malins & P. Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830 (1980), 47.
(2) Unsigned, undated drawing inscribed (in hand of Lord Powerscourt) 'by Brodrick Thomas by 1867' in IAA, Powerscourt Albums, Acc, 89/62.1/55,1 (repr. Malins & Bowe, op. cit., 84, wrongly captioned as by Daniel Robertson);  Malins & Bowe, op. cit., 86. (3 Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 339; 
(4) Letter from WBT to Lord Dufferin, 30 Jul 1883, D1071/H/B/T/129 (see PRONI e-catalogue). D1071/H/B/T/129.


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Building: CO. WICKLOW, POWERSCOURT
Date: 1867a
Nature: Unexecuted proposal for gardens to S of house.
Refs: Unsigned, undated drawing inscribed (in hand of Lord Powerscourt) 'by Brodrick Thomas by 1867' in IAA, Powerscourt Albums, Acc, 89/62.1/551 (repr.  E. Malins & P. Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830 (1980), 84, but wrongly captioned as by Daniel Robertson);  Malins & Bowe, op. cit., 86.

Building: CO. TYRONE, BARONSCOURT
Date: ?
Nature: Parterre on garden front.
Refs: E. Malins & P. Bowe, Irish Gardens and Demesnes from 1830 (1980), 46(illus.),47.