Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Building contractor, of Dublin.   Robert Francis Lidwill was born in Co. Laois and came to Dublin in 1870.    In 1878 he set up his own business, which flourished and expanded, so that by 1900 there were generally  from 100 or more men on its payroll.  The firm carried out a number of government contracts and was responsible for additions to Enniscorthy asylum.

Lidwill himself became a pillar of Dublin's Protestant community. He was a member of the Pembroke Township Commissioners and later of Pembroke Urban District Council.  He was active in the affairs of the Church of Ireland, a vestryman and churchwarden in his own parish and a member of the Dublin Synod.   He was also a magistrate and a Poor Law Guardian, a freemason and a member of the Orange Order, holding the position of Grand Master of the City of Dublin in 1900.


All information in this entry is from Modern Ireland: Men of the Period (London [1900]), 111.