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Richard Robinson (of Dublin)

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Founder of the Phoenix Iron Works, which became the Royal Phoenix Iron Works

Born 19th July 1766 in Kingston-upon-Hull. Settled in Dublin 1800. Died 17th January 1844 (see footnote regarding this date)[1]

Robinson's Phoenix foundry was responsible for casting King's Bridge, designed by George Papworth, commemorating King George IV's visit to Dublin in 1823. 'Robinson died in 1848 and is buried in St Michan's Church of Ireland church.' By 1844 he had been succeeded in the business by William Robinson. By 1863 the foundry had been taken over by Edward Toomey. [2]

Note: King's Bridge, completed in 1828, is now called Seán Heuston Bridge.

1843 'DEATH OF RICHARD ROBINSON, Esq.- We deeply regret to announce the death of Richard Robinson, Esq., of the Royal Phoenix Iron Works, which melancholy event took place on Tuesday last, at his residence, Parkgate-street, in the seventy-sixth year of his age. The lamented gentleman conducted the extensive and prosperous establishment since the year 1808, and during that period sustained the highest character as a merchant and an employer. Amongst others of the public works with the execution of which he was entrusted, the King's Bridge over the Liffey from the Military Road will be a lasting monument of the style in which he discharged a public trust. The numerous hands to whom he gave employment will long have cause to regret the loss of one who never omitted an opportunity of rewarding the deserving, and benevolently assisting those who, from unforeseen circumstances, required his aid. The works will still he carried on under the superintendence of his relative, Mr. Wm. Robinson.' [3]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Journal of the Irish Memorials Association - information from memorial in St Paul's Church, Dublin. The date 1844 is presumably an error in transcription, Freeman's Journal having reported his death in January 1843, in his 76th year
  2. [2] Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1940. Note: This source gives his date of death as 1848, whereas it was actually 1843
  3. Freeman's Journal, 20 January 1843