SIR RICHARD GRIFFITH

SIR RICHARD GRIFFITH PHOTOGRAPHED 3 JUNE 2016

SIR RICHARD GRIFFITH (1784-1878) [IRISH GEOLOGIST]


A Granite monument and marble book on top of a granite vault.

Most accounts indicate that there is one vault [Vault C.87 - 2276] here however during my visit I decided that there were two separate memorials.

Col Robert Bramston Smith married Elizabeth Charlotte Griffith, daughter of Richard John Griffith and Maria Jane Waldie, on 4 April 1839, at St. Peter's Church, Aungier Street, Dublin.

Sir Richard John Griffith (20 September 1784 – 22 September 1878), was an Irish geologist, mining engineer and chairman of the Board of Works of Ireland, who completed the first complete geological map of Ireland and was author of the valuation of Ireland; subsequently known as Griffith's Valuation. Vast wealth of information from this valuation was used for Government taxation, determine election franchises and to regulate spirit licences. He was knighted for this huge undertaking in 1858. The information provided by this survey is still used today by genealogists.

Richard John Griffith was born in Hume Street Dublin in 1784. He died at his residence, 2 Fitzwilliam Place in Dublin, on 22 September 1878 in his 95th year. At the time of his death, he was the oldest surviving fellow of the Geological Society of London and was the last survivor of the long-since disbanded Royal Irish Regiment of Artillery. He was buried alongside his wife, Maria Jane (née Waldie m. 21 Sep 1812) in Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross.

On his grave is the epitaph: Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, Serving the Lord.

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BELOW IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF A MEMORIAL PLAQUE LOCATED IN HUME STREET

Sir Richard John Griffith
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