Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Plasterer, of Dublin. Gregory Sproule was admitted a freeman of the city of Dublin by virtue of service in 1750.(1) According to O'Dwyer,(2) he was the father of SAMUEL SPROULE [2]. SAMUEL SPROULE [2]. (3) He represented the Bricklayers' and Plasterers' Guild on the Common Council of Dublin for the years 1763, 1764 and 1765.(4) He disappears from Wilson's Directory between 1779 and 1782.

Faulkner's Dublin Journal records the marriage of 'Mr Gabriel Sproule, an eminent Stuckoe maker…to Miss Elizabeth Wall, Daughter of Mr Wall, an eminent Painter, a very agreeable young lady' in January 1752.(5) According to O'Dwyer, the bridegroom was Gregory - not Gabriel - Sproule.(6)

Address: 22 Arran Quay, <=1778->=1779.


(1) C.P. Curran, Dublin Decorative Plasterwork of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (1967), 101.
(2) MS sketch family tree, compiled 1988.
(3) See note 2,., above.
(4) CARD XI, 481. The 'Mr Sprowles' who was sent to London in 1767 by the Duchess of Leinster to look at 'new furnished' houses there might possibly have been Gregory Sproule but was more probably the upholsterer and cabinet maker named Sproule who was in partnership with Miller and Matthew in Coppinger's Lane from 1773 to 1775. The Earl of Charlemont wrote to Sir William Chambers asking him if he could help 'Sprowles' by procuring admittance for him into some of these houses. Chambers replied that he would do what he could, 'though the task is by no means easy, at it begins to be the fashion for the ladies to lock up their rooms and carry the keys in their own pockets'(Chambers to Charlemont, 25 August 1767, Historical Manuscripts Commission, 12th Report, Appendix X, 283).
(5) Faulkner's Dublin Journal, 4-7 Jan 1752.
(6) See note 2, above. See also www.familysearch.org.