Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Carpenter and builder, of Dublin, listed as such in Wilson's Dublin Directory from 1809 until 1832, with addresses at 1 Fitzwilliam Place from 1808 until 1824, at 41 Upper Baggot Street from 1825 to 1831 and at 65 Upper Baggot Street in 1832.(1) He died in 1832. His will of the same year was proved in the Prerogative Court.  The executrix, Catherine Thomas of 65 Upper Baggot Street was probably his wife.(2)   He may be the Richard P. Thomas who was admitted a freeman of Dublin as a member of the Guild of Carpenters by virtue of service at Michaelmas 1795.(3)

It is not clear whether Richard Phillips Thomas and Richard Thomas were the same person or contemporaries. 'Richard Thomas, Esq.' of Fitzwilliam Lane was a subscriber to William Stitt's Practical Architect's Ready Assistant; or Builder's Complete Companion (1819).   According to his fellow tradesmen, writing in 1834, he had been an 'extensive Barrack Contractor', employing twenty men, and had 'died wealthy'.(4)  He may be the Richard Thomas who was admitted to the Dublin Society's School of Drawing in Architecture on 6 March 1794.(5)



(1) His name is given in the last entry as Richard R. Thomas.
(2) Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858 (Eneclann CD-ROM), Document ID 64084.
(3) 'An alphabetical list of the Freemen of the City of Dublin, 1774-1824', The Irish Ancestor XV (1983), Nos. 1 & 2, 120.
(4) Royal Irish Academy, Haliday MS 4B 31.
(5) MS. transcript from Royal Dublin Society minutes of School of Drawing in Architecture admissions and prizewinners (in IAA).