Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Overseer in the Board of Public Works. James Thornton, who, according to the 1911 census, was born in Dublin in 1851 or 1852, entered the Board's employment as a temporary clerk of works in 1883 and was given the permanent of appontment of district carpenter-in-charge in November 1887. In 1906 he was promoted to the rank of overseer in the Dublin Castle district, where his duties included the preparations for State functions and royal visits. He retired in 1928.

Thornton died in 1939. In an obituary in the Irish Times, the editor of the Irish Builder, HARRY ALLBERRY  HARRY ALLBERRY wrote of his 'outstanding qualities - his energy, his powers of application, his devotion to duty and his efficiency. He took a personal interest in the tradesmen and labourers that formed his large staff with the result that they would cheerfully respond to any demands that he might make upon them, in times of emergency. Above all, however, he was charged with a deep sense of loyalty to his Department and to his superior officers, his outlook being that under no circumstatnces could they be let down.'  He had married his wife, Elizabeth, circa 1892 and at the time of the 1911 census had six surviving children.


All information in this entry is from Thornton's obituary in the Irish Times as reprinted in IB 81, 8 Jul 1939, ?.