Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Amateur architect. For over thirty years Samuel Faulkner was agent to estates of the Whaley family, which included country houses at Castletown, Co. Carlow, and Whaley Abbey, Co. Wicklow, and a town house at 85, St Stephen's Green, Dublin. Thomas 'Buck' Whaley directed in his will, that 'As I am now building a house and offices [i.e. 86 St Stephen's Green] adjoining my present dwelling house on the south side of Stephen's Green, Dublin, my will is that in case the same should happen not to be finished at the time of my death, that my executors or administrators should compleat and finish the same according to the plan thereof, and under the direction of my faithful servant Samuel Faulkner.' Faulkner himself lived in No. 96 St Stephen's Green South. He was drowned at sea in 1795, when he was brainging gold to Thomas Whaley in the Isle of Man.

A small of collection of twelve drawings in the Irish Architectural Archive(1) contains six sheets of designs which appear to be in Faulkner's hand. One of these sheets is inscribed 'A Design for a Farm House to be Built on the Lands of Slearoe in County of Wicklow by Mr Richard Sutton Designed by Saml Faulkner May 1st 1775'; another is annotated, 'Faulkner shld you ask my opinion of the above plan I approve of it very much - Tho Whaley' and dated 2 February 1786. The latter drawing and two accompanying sheets are a design for a substantial 3-storey, 7-bay house with a bow on the garden front. A design for a simpler five-bay, two- storey house and another for a three-bay house with a wing at the back are also attributable to Faulkner on the basis of the handwriting and the spelling of 'kitchen' as 'kitching'.



All information in this entry unless otherwise stated is from Georgian Society Records II (1910), 86, and Amy Monahan, 'The letters of Thomas 'Buck' Whaley at Castletown, Co. Carlow', Bulletin of the Irish Georgian Society 36 (1994), 77.

(1) Acc. 94/44; these drawings, which were bought at auction from George Mealy & Sons, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, 19 May 1993, Lot 313 (part), appear to have to have been sold by a descendant of Faulkner's in Co. Wicklow.

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Date: 1775
Nature: Design for farm house to be built by Richard Sutton.
Refs: Sheet showing elevation and plans in IAA (Acc. 94/44.4), inscr. and dated 1 May 1775.

Date: 1786
Nature: Converted from castle into country house by SF.
Refs: Amy Monahan, 'The letters of Thomas 'Buck' Whaley at Castletown, Co. Carlow', Bulletin of the Irish Georgian Society 36 (1994), 77