Location: 31, The Mall

Richard H. Ryland


Richard Hopkins Ryland was born on 7th March 1788. He was educated at the Waterford Endowed School and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin.  In 1811 he was ordained by Bishop Joseph Stack in Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford. Ryland married Isabella Julia, daughter of Rev. George Louis Fleury, Archdeacon of Waterford. They had eight children, six sons and two daughters.


Ryland was an amateur historian and is best known as the author of The History, Topography and Antiquities of the County and City of Waterford, published in 1824. The book was dedicated to the Duke of Devonshire.


Ryland died on 30th December 1866. He was buried in the cemetery at John's Hill on 3rd January 1867 following a funeral service held in Christ Church Cathedral. A church on the cemetery grounds (featured across) is named after the Rev Ryland in his honour. See our projects section for more on the work we have undertaken.