Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Plumber, brassfounder and builder, of Dublin. William Ross was born in Scotland - reportedly Ayrshire - circa 1810 and came to Ireland in the 1830s. By 1841 he was in business with two partners named Murray and McDougall in Elephant Lane, Sackville Street, Dublin; by 1847 Murray and Ross had moved to 92 Middle Abbey Street and had also established a branch in Dunloe Street, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, which is listed in I. Slater's National Commercial Directory of Ireland (1846). The Ballinasloe branch may have been run by Murray, who is not readily traceable in the Dublin directories.

Ross died at home in Ballinagowan House, Upper Rathmines, on 16 November 1872 and was buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery on 20 November. He had married a Miss Murray and was survived by two sons, WILLIAM ROSS [3]  WILLIAM ROSS [3] and GEORGE MURRAY ROSS.  GEORGE MURRAY ROSS.

A design by Ross & Murray for a heating store and vinery at Headfort, Co. Meath, is among the Headfort drawings in the National Library of Ireland.(1)

RIAI: elected non-professional associate, 18 February 1869.(1)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Ross in IB 14, 1 Dec 1872, 325, and from The Post Office Dublin Directory, Pettigrew & Oulton's Dublin Almanac and Thom's ?Directory.

(1) Old ref. AD. 1619-1661.
(2) RIAI council meeting minutes, 21 Dec 1868, 118; general meeting minutes, 21 Jan,18 Feb,15 Apr 1869, 227,228,230.