Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

City Surveyor of Dublin from 1735 to 1764. Roger Kendrick was appointed City Surveyor at the Midsummer Assembly 1735 in succession to JAMES RAMSAY JAMES RAMSAY . He had already carried out work for the city at the time of his appointment. Several examples of his work appear in the Dublin City Surveyors' Book of Maps in the Corporation archives.(1) He resigned on 4 May 1764 and was succeeded by THOMAS MATTHEWS THOMAS MATTHEWS . After his resignation, the Corporation granted him a life annuity of £20 as he was considered 'old and unable to procure for himself an independent subsistence'. He appears to have died in 1778. On 17 July 1778 Esther Kennedy, a widow, prayed Dublin Corporation to grant her the £10, which had been due to Kendrick on 4 May 1778 as half his yearly pension, to cover the £5 which he owed her for food and lodging at the time of his death and the expenses of his funeral.(2)

In 1754 Kendrick advertised in Faulkner's Dublin Journal for subscribers to a map of Dublin 'much larger than Brooking's map' with 'perspective views of all or most of the ornamental buildings done by the best hand'.(3) He was a verger at St Patrick's Cathedral;(4) a plan of the cathedral as surveyed by him in 1754 is reproduced in Grose's Antiquities of Ireland (1791).(5) Kendrick was a subscriber to Robert Gibson's Treatise of Practical Surveying (Dublin, 1752).

Address: Kevin Street, <=1738(6)->=1750.(7)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Mary Clarke, The Book of Maps of the Dublin City Surveyors 1695-1827 (Dublin Corporation, 1983), xii-xiii.

(1) See Clarke, op. cit. above, 1,4,12,23,48,49.
(2) CARD XIII, 21-22.
(3) Faulkner's Dublin Journal, 30 Jul-3 Aug 1754.
(4) J.H. Andrews, Plantation Acres ((1985), 276.
(5) Volume I, Plate 21.
(6) A Directory of Dublin for the year 1738, compiled from the most authentic sources (Dublin Corporation Public Libraries, 2000), 54.
(7) Gentleman's & Citizen's Almanack (1750).