Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer, of Dublin. Frederick Purser Griffith, who, according to the 1911 census, was born in Dublin in 1877 or 1878, was the younger son of Sir JOHN PURSER GRIFFITH  JOHN PURSER GRIFFITH and the younger brother of JOHN WILLIAM GRIFFITH JOHN WILLIAM GRIFFITH . He graduated BAI from Trinity College Dublin in 1903.(1) Later he became a partner in the firm of Sir John Griffith & Sons.   At the time of the 1911 census he described himself as managing director of the Leinster Carbonizing Company and personal assistant to his father. A member of the Dublin Citizens' Housing League, he took an active interest in improved housing for the poor and promoted the acquisition of the Marino Estate by the Dublin Relief Committee in 1916. After the end of the First World War, he was responsible for the involvement of the Scottish architect and town planner FRANK CHARLES MEARS  FRANK CHARLES MEARS in the development of the Killester housing scheme for ex-servicemen.(2) Griffith died a few weeks after his father in March 1939. He had married in 1907 Marie Wilson, a Moravian by denomination, like himself, by whom he had an only daughter, Margaret Benigna.(3)

ICEI: elected member, 4 Dec 1922.(4)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Griffith in IB 81, 1 Apr 1939, 260.

(1) R.C. Cox, compiler, Trinity College School of Engineering: 'Graduates' in Engineering 1843-1992 (1993), unpaginated.
(2) F.H.A. Aalen, 'Homes for Irish heroes: housing under the Irish Land (Provision for Soldiers and Sailors) Act 1919, and the Irish Sailors' and Soldiers' Land Trust', Town Planning Review 59, no. 3, July 1988, 316.
(3) Information on the Griffith family from John O'Grady, The Life and Work of Sarah Purser (1996), 260,261.
(4) TICEI 49 (1922-23), 43.