Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English architect and/or builder. James Henry Pain was a son of Henry Pain, an architect and surveyor in London who was a younger brother of JAMES PAIN  JAMES PAIN and GEORGE RICHARD PAIN GEORGE RICHARD PAIN . He came to Ireland at the age of sixteen to serve an apprenticeship with his uncles.(1) 1n 1840, when he was about twenty, he was living with James Pain in Limerick.(2) A brief note on his death in the Irish Builder states that he assisted his uncles 'in designing and in some cases in constructing, many large works in the South of Ireland'.(3) The date of his return to England is not recorded; he does not appear in the English census returns until 1901, by which time he was eighty. He died in Putney, Middlesex, in 1915 at the age of ninety-five. He had married a Miss Glossop of Sheffield in 1845. He was one of the two executors named in James Pain's will.(4)


(1) David Lee & Debbie Jacobs, James Pain, architect (Limerick Civic Trust, 2005), 327.
(2) James McMahon, The Pery Square Tontine (Limerick Civic Trust, 1999), list of shareholders, 1841, inside front cover.
(3) IB 57, 28 Aug 1915, 377 (reprinted in Building News 109, 1 Sep 1915, 232).
(4) Transcript by James McMahon of the will of James Pain[1], 11 Jan 1863.