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Robert Mallet (1761-1804)

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Robert Mallet (1761–1804), of Dublin

Robert Mallet (Senior) moved from England to Dublin and set up as a cabinet maker at 62 Capel St. He married Anne, daughter of William Pike, who had a plumbing business in Dublin. On Pike's death Robert Sr. appears to have taken over part of his father-in-law's business. His nephew, John Mallet, moved from Devon to join him, and married his daughter Thomasina. John was also joined by his father (Richard Mallet) and other family members. Richard Mallet set up business as an ironmonger at 90–91 Marlborough St., along with his other son, William. John took over the business on his uncle's death (1804), moving to premises at 7–9 Ryder's Row.

Robert Mallet (1810–81) was born 3 June 1810 in Ryder's Row, Dublin, eldest child and only son among three children of John Mallet (1780–1868), plumber, hydraulic-engine maker, and iron founder, and his wife and first cousin Thomasina Mallet (d. 1861).

The above information is condensed from the entry for Robert Mallet in the Dictionary of Irish Biography [1]

1781 Advert: 'PATENT WATER CLOSETS.
To the Nobility, Gentry, &c.
ROBERT MALLET, from Mr. Bramah’s Manufactory, No. 13, Denmark-street, Soho, London ; beg Leave respectfully to inform them, that he is now fixing Mr. Bramah’s Patent Water Closets, for many different Noblemen and Gentlemen in Dublin, and that Neighbourhood ; — therefore thinks proper to apprise all such as may be inclined to adopt this useful Article, that they might forthwith transmit their Orders, and avail themselves of the Opportunity of having them compleatly fixed while he stays in this Country, who may be heard of at Mr. Fitzgerald’s, No. 44, Mary-street, near Capel-street.'[2]

1783 Advert: 'ROBERT MALLET manufactures all sorts of Water and Fire Engines, forcing and lifting Pumps, patent and common Water Closets, and all kinds of Cabinet Furniture in the best manner and on reasonable terms. — N. B. The patent Water Closet is manufactured and sold by him, and no where else in this kingdom.'[3]

1804 Advert: 'JOHN MALLET, No. 62, Capel-Street, RESPECTFULLY informs the Friends his late Uncle, Mr. Robert Mallet, and the Public in general, that he intends carrying on, in the usual extensive manner, the Plumbing, Water Closets, Fire and Garden Engines, Pumps and Cocks, of all kinds, Mangles and other Machinery. It will be his constant study to give Satisfaction to such as may honour him with their commands.'[4]


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Dictionary of Irish Biography: Mallet, Robert, contributed by Enda Leaney and Patricia M. Byrne
  2. Saunders's News-Letter - Tuesday 11 December 1781
  3. Dublin Evening Post - Thursday 20 November 1783
  4. Saunders's News-Letter - Thursday 12 July 1804