Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder and timber merchant, of Dublin and Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Edward Murray, a son of Samuel Murray of Armagh by his wife, Elizabeth Williamson, was a brother of WILLIAM MURRAY  WILLIAM MURRAY and probably either the brother or father of ARTHUR MURRAY ARTHUR MURRAY . He appears in Wilson's Dublin Directory at addresses in James's Street from 1823 until 1837, from 1829 onwards together with 'A. Murray'.   'E. Murray' of James's Street appears on a list of Dublin master builders which was compiled in March 1834.(1)  He later lived in Blackrock, initially in Sydney Avenue, and eventually at 6 Prince Edward Terrace. In 1841 he and Mark Anthony Saurin of St Stephen's Green purchased a piece of land on Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock; Saurin made over his share in the property to Murray on a 999 year lease,(2) and Murray built three houses, Nos. 10-12 Prince Edward Terrace. He died on 30 January 1847,(3) leaving three children, Arthur (d.1855), Elizabeth and Andrew (d. 1916).

'Edwd. Murray, Esq., James's-st.' was a subscriber to William Stitt's The Practical Architect's Ready Assistant; or Builder's Complete Companion (Dublin, 1819).

Addresses: James's Street, 1819; 32 James's Street, 1829-1837; 76 James's Street, 1829-1837; Sydney Avenue, Blackrock; 6 Prince Edward Terrace, Blackrock, 1847.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Wilson's and Pettigrew & Oulton's directories and from a typescript leaflets prepared for members of Irish Georgian Society, 2003, by Miss Joan Kenny, 11 Prince Edward Terrace, Blackrock.

(1) 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.

(1) Copy of counsel's opinion, 1941, re property of Robert Healy, deceased, in Lower Prince Edward Terrace, Blackrock (in IAA).
(2) Miss Kenny gives the date of Murray's death as 30 Jan 1846 but counsel's opinion cited above gives this as date of will and date of death as 30 Jan 1847.

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Date: 1836p
Nature: 3 houses built by EM on land purchased by himself and Mark Anthony Saurin, St Stpehen's Gn, from Georgina Byrne, 1836.
Refs: Information from Miss. Joan Kenny, Prince Edward Terrace, Blackrock, 2003.