SKELLERN, RICHARD *
- Born: - Died: -
Carpenter and builder, of Cuffe Street, Dublin, listed as such in Wilson's Dublin Directory for the years 1786-1797.(1) He is probably the Richard Skellern who was admitted a Freeman of the city as a member of the Guild of Carpenters by virtue of service at Michaelmas 1783.(2) According to the recollections of his fellow tradesmen, writing in 1834, he had been in extensive business in 1800, employing eight men, but died 'struggling' circa 1814.(3)
He may be the person of the same name, who was born in Dublin circa 1760 and married Hannah Douglass in St Mary's church, Dublin, on 25 April 1785.(3)
(1) His address is given as No. 42 from 1786 to 1794 and as No. 43 from 1795 to 1797.
(2) 'An alphabetical list of the Freemen of the City of Dublin, 1774-1824', The Irish Ancestor XV (1983), Nos. 1 & 2, 110; a Thomas Skellern, also of the Carpenters' Guild, was admitted a freeman by virtue of birth in 1810.
(3) 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.