Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Amateur artist and architect of Burnt Court, Co. Tipperary, a house which he built for himself in front of the ruins of Burntcourt Castle,(1) and later of Spring Park, Affane, Co. Waterford. He was the elder brother of SAMUEL CHEARNLEY. SAMUEL CHEARNLEY. (2) In 1768 he submitted a plan in the Royal Exchange competition.(3) Engravings after his topographical drawings appear in Grose's Antiquities of Ireland, Ledwich's Antiquities, Smith's History of Waterford and Smith's History of Cork; one of the plates in the latter work was engraved by him, and more of his engravings appear in The Compleat Irish Traveller (London, 1788).(4) Chearnley was married twice, first to Ann Gervais, by whom he had a son, Thomas, and second to Janet, daughter of Richard Musgrave of Salterbridge, Co. Waterford, by whom he had seven sons and three daughters.(5) He died between July 1785 and March 1787.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Strickland.

(1) Mark Bence-Jones,  Burke’s Guide to Country Houses. Volume I, Ireland. (London, 1978), 50.
(2) LGI 1904, 90.
(3) List of Plans for Royal Exchange, Dublin (1768).
(4) A plate of Lismore in The Compleat Irish Traveller is inscribed 'Anth: Chearnley gen. Burnt Court Delint'.
(5) See note 2, above.

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Date: 1768-69
Nature: Competition entrant.
Refs: B 27, 2 Oct 1869, 781

Date: ?
Nature: Built by Chearnley for himself
Refs: W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 169; Mark Bence-Jones, Burke’s Guide to Country Houses. Volume I, Ireland. (London, 1978), 50.