Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Painter and plasterer, of Buckingham Street, Dublin, whose will was proved in the Prerogative Court in 1802.(1)   He may have been the father of the James Butler, plasterer, of Buckingham Street, who, according to a report written by his fellow-tradesmen in 1834, was in good business circa 1800, employing four men, but gave up circa 1804 as a result of a decline in trade and was a clerk in the Ordnance Department at the time of writing.(2)


(1) Arthur Vicars, Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810 (1897), 67.
(2) Royal Irish Academy, Haliday MS 4B 31;  this manuscript is a copy of a report presented to Daniel O'Connell in 1834 to support the argument for repealing the Act of Union by describing the catastrophic impact the Act had had on the tradesmen of Dublin. This James Butler was involved in the building of new houses on the north side of Mountjoy Square (Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005),201).