Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Stonecutter, of Chequer Lane, Dublin. Richard Morgan was admitted a freeman of Dublin by virtue of service at Christmas 1736(1) and in May 1738 was paid for stonecutting work at Trinity College, Dublin.(2) During the 1750s and 1760s he was employed extensively as a stonecutter on Government works in Dublin - including the Dublin Barracks, Dublin Castle, the Parliament House and the Four Courts.(3) He also carried out the stonecutting work for the rebuilding of St Werburgh's church after it had been gutted by fire in 1754.(4) He was one of the subscribers to JOHN AHERON' JOHN AHERON' s A general treatise on architecture, which was published in Dublin in the same year. He died in Chequer Lane on 25 April 1765(5) and was buried at St Andrew's church on 27 April.(6) His will was proved in the Prerogative Court. After his death his business was carried on by a younger son JOHN MORGAN [1]. JOHN MORGAN [1]. (7)

Richard Morgan would appear to be the person of that surname referred to in the Rev. James Morgan's Recollections of my life and times (Belfast, 1874). James Morgan describes his paternal great-grandfather as an 'architect', who 'lived in Dublin, where he erected some of its public buildings' and whose 'name was a few years ago found on the lead of one of the old churches, when it was taken down'. James Morgan also states that his grandfather 'was in business in Dublin, where he realised a considerable fortune'.(8) This would have been Richard Morgan's eldest son James Morgan of Pill Lane,(9) who was in the wholesale hardware business.(10)


(1) Information from Michael Morgan, Vancouver, Canada.
(2) TCD muniments, MUN/P/2/72
(10) .
(3) Eyre II, 3,4,7,13,16,18,26,28,31,35,41,45,49,55,57,64,66,78,82,84,90,95,109,119,120,123,126,128.
(4) K. Severens, 'A new perspective on Georgian building practice; the rebuilding of St Werburgh's Church, Dublin', BIGS 35 (1992-93), 7,8.
(5) Faulkner's Dublin Journal, 23 -27 Apr 1765.
(6) W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), II, 129; his will was proved in the Prerogative Court in 1765 (Arthur Vicars, Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810 (1897), 337.
(7) Faulkner's Dublin Journal, 30 Apr-4 May 1765.
(8) Morgan, op.cit., 1-2.
(9) Faulkner's Dublin Journal, 26-29 Jul 1766, names James Morgan of Pill Lane as Richard Morgan's acting executor.
(10) See note 1, above.