Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Cork. Thomas Hill was born in 1775, the son of William Hill (1739-1779) of Cloyne, Co. Cork, excise officer, by his second wife Jane Parkinson (d. 1815). He is presumably the person of the same name who is recorded as a measurer in Cork in 1799.(1) His grandson WILLIAM HENRY HILL  WILLIAM HENRY HILL states that for many years he 'made a good income as professional timber measurer to the port of Cork', measuring 'for the large importers of America and the Baltic and in conjunction with the Custom House Surveyors, with a view to checking the tonnage of imported wood'.(2) According to his grandson, Thomas Hill 'died in the year 1859 at the fine old age of 85' and was commemorated in a memorial window in Cloyne Cathedral.(3) He had married on 24 April 1797 Catherine Field of Grand Parade, Cork, with a fortune of £500.(4) The couple had thirteen children of whom WILLIAM HILL  WILLIAM HILL was the eldest and HENRY HILL  HENRY HILL the second surviving son. ARTHUR HILL ARTHUR HILL , RICHARD ARTHUR HILL  RICHARD ARTHUR HILL and WILLIAM HENRY HILL  WILLIAM HENRY HILL were his grandsons.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from a letter of 27 Sep 1997 to A.M.Rowan from Thomas Hill's great-great-granddaughter, Mrs Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork, and from the Hill family tree in the possession of Colin Hill, 104 Bayard Lane, Princeton, NJ, 08540, USA (copy presented to IAA by Gerard Kennedy).

(1) MS. copy book of bills, estimates, bills of measurement, valuations &c. kept by William Deane, 1797-1809,  in IAA, Acc. 2009/91 (microfilm in NLI);   this source suggests that Hill worked in partnership with Philip Dynan on measuring work.
(2) MS memoir by William Henry Hill, 1910 (copy presented to IAA by Gerard Kennedy); according to Myrtle Allen's letter, he died in 1851.
(3) See note 2, above.
(4) Cork Evening Post, 24 Apr 1797 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44); her parents are named in the family tree as Henry Field and Bridget Burke.