Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Scottish-born military engineer, for whom see Oxford DNB and the entry by Virginia Crossman in DIB. Drummond first came to Ireland in 1825 to work on the Ordnance Survey under THOMAS FREDERICK COLBY THOMAS FREDERICK COLBY . He left the Survey in 1830 or 1831 and returned to England, where he was appointed head of the boundary commission in connection with the Reform Bill of 1832. He then became private secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Althorp. In 1835 he returned to Ireland as under-secretary at Dublin Castle, carrying out his duties with total dedication and much distinction. In January 1840 he accepted the invitation of the newly-formed Institute of the Architects of Ireland to become an honorary fellow. In the same month the damaging effect of overwork on his health forced him to take a short break from his duties, but on 15 April 1840, soon after his return to work, he died.  He was buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery. A statue by Hogan was erected by public subscription in the City Hall in 1843.


Author Title Date Details
Andrews, J.h. A Paper Landscape: the Ordnance Survey in nineteenth-century Ireland 1975 Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975.
Maclennan, John Ferguson Memoir of Thomas Drummond 1867 Edinburgh, 1867.
Veitch, James 'A Scots Engineer in Ireland: centenary of Thomas Drummond' 1940 IB 82, 13 Apr 1940, 228.