Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Bricklayer, of Dublin. William Pemberton is almost certainly the person of the same name who was born in Dublin on 24 July 1751 to Benjamin Pemberton and Rachel Oliver; he would thus have been a younger brother of BENJAMIN PEMBERTON [2] BENJAMIN PEMBERTON [2] . He was admitted a freeman of the city at midsummer 1777 by virtue of birth as a member of the Guild of Bricklayers.(1) He is listed in Wilson's Dublin Directory for 1784 with an address at 6 Park Place, Dublin, and in the 1805 edition with an address at West Mountjoy Square. He had moved to the latter address in 1793, when, with John Russell, a builder, and MICHAEL STAPLETON MICHAEL STAPLETON , he became one of the first three residents of the new square.(2) At the Easter Assembly of Dublin Corporation in April 1793 it was ordered that his bill for bricklayer's work at the Tholsel, amounting to £11.1s.2d should be paid.(3) In 1803 he tendered successfully for building the City Marshalsea for £2,174.14s.6d.,(4) but in January 1806 the Corporation proposed suing him for damages incurred as a result of his delay in completing the work.(5) He died in (or shortly before) 1811, when his will was proved in the Prerogative Court.(6)


(1) 'An alphabetical list of the Freemen of the City of Dublin, 1774-1824', The Irish Ancestor XV (1983), Nos. 1 & 2, 96.
(2) F.A. Ashe, 'Mountjoy Square', Dublin Historical Record 3 (no. 2), 98.  According to Casey (Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 201,202), he built Nos. 53-54 and lived in the latter.. 
(3) CARD XIV, 315.
(4) CARD XV, 294.
(5) CARD XVI, 446.
(6) Arthur Vicars, Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810 (1897), 371.