Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

William Welland was head agent to George Brodrick, fourth Viscount Midleton. As such he had to manage new building projects on Lord Midleton's estates, which included at least part of Cobh harbour. He also supervised repairs and alterations to Cashel Palace for Midleton's brother Archbishop Charles Brodrick when the latter was absent from Cashel. His letters to the Archbishop, written between 1802 and 1821 provide a detailed account of what was done to the palace and its garden during this period.

William Welland is probably the person of the same name who married Eleanor Harrington in the diocese of Cloyne in 1793.(1) He was the father of JOSEPH WELLAND JOSEPH WELLAND . It was through the influence of Charles Brodrick that Joseph Welland became the pupil of JOHN BOWDEN JOHN BOWDEN , architect to the BOARD OF FIRST FRUITS BOARD OF FIRST FRUITS , and embarked on his lifelong career with the Board and its successor the ECCLESIASTICAL COMMISSIONERS. ECCLESIASTICAL COMMISSIONERS.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from A.P.W. Malcomson, Archbishop Charles Agar (2002), 370-376. Welland's letters to Brodrick are in the Midleton Papers in the National Library of Ireland, Ms. 8871.

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