Brassier and tin-plate worker

  • Brasier means he created things out of brass - most likely included church memorial brasses
  • Working with tinplated metal was only becoming really established in Britain at about 1730 (see the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers http://www.tinplateworkers.co.uk/history-heritage/)

Listed in Dublin Directories as follows:
1787, 88, 89 +Fitzgerald (G.) Brassier and Tin-plate-worker 44 Mary-st
1790, 91, 92 +Fitzgerald (George) Brassier and Tin-plate-worker 44 Mary-st

  • 1790 is the year Edward Fitzgerald first appears as Engraver and copper-plate-printer at 25 Capel-st
  • 1793 there is no listing for George but Gerald first appears as Brassier and Tin-plate-worker at 44 Mary-st
  • 1796 John Fitzgerald appears as Tin-plate-worker and brassier at 23 Charles-st where he remains for several years (have not checked beyond


(Have not checked for John and Gerald past 1807; the three of them are there in 1805 but no Gerald in 1806 or 07.)

So I'm just guessing that these three guys are his children. Also all their names are names which keep reappearing in our family.

If Edward was his oldest child and was about 38 when he married and set up in business in 1796 then George would probably have been married around 1775. (But I believe Gerald was his oldest child as he is the one taking over the business at his father's address.)

On the Irish Genealogy site there is a marriage of a George Fitzgerald and a Judith Ryan on 10 June 1750 at the church of Ss Michael and John but I guess our shots are getting longer and longer here! (Witnesses Edmond and Mary McGuier so no clues there either)

On the Irish Genealogy site I have found a RC marriage: Marriage of GEORGE FITZGERALD of N/R and JUDITH RYAN of N/R on 10 June 1750 in the parish of Saints Michael and John (witnesses Mary and Edmund McGuier; everything else N/R; church register page containing this record has not yet been imaged.)