Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Surveyor and cartographer, of Dublin. Jonathan Barker, a pupil of THOMAS CAVE THOMAS CAVE , of Dublin was active in the 1740s, 1750s and 1760s. He was engaged as a surveyor by Richard, Viscount Fitzwilliam and was involved - with JOHN SMYTH [1] -  JOHN SMYTH [1] - in laying out Merrion Square. In 1762 he surveyed and mapped the Fitzilliam estates in Dublin City and county and in Co. Wicklow.(1) He died in 1767 having drawn up his will at Banlahane, Co. Cork, on 29 November of that year. His executor was Thomas Reading, instrument maker, of Dublin. He left his surveying instruments to a Cork estate surveyor named John McCarthy. His will mentions his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Ann.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from J.H. Andrews, Plantation Acres (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1985), 172,193-4,261,272,275,349, which see for further details of Barker's career, and Sarah Bendall, ed., Dictionary of Land Surveyors and Local Map-Makers of Great Britain and Ireland 1530-1850 (2nd edition, 1997), II, 25.

(1) These are now in NA, Pembroke Estate papers, 2011/2/2/1-11, 2011/3/1; there are 3 other maps by Barker in the collection: part of Merrion, July 1749 (2011/2/4/9); the Clare Street area, 4 Nov 1766 (2011/2/1/16); map of Booterstown, undated (2011/2/4/28).

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Date: 1762a
Nature: JB involved with John Smith in laying out square.
Refs: J.H. Andrews, Plantation Acres (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1985), 194