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Sir James Horner Haslett (1832–1905)
Sir James Horner Haslett (1832–1905)
Sir James Horner Haslett (1832–1905)
Sir James Horner Haslett (1832–1905)
Sir James Horner Haslett (1832–1905)
Sir James Horner Haslett (1832–1905)

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A portrait statue set on a tall square grey granite plinth with moulded cornice and inscription on the front face. Haslett is standing, with a beard and frock coat and wearing his chain as Lord Mayor of Belfast. He was Lord Mayor of the City in 1887–1888, as well as Conservative MP for North and West Belfast and a leading Orangeman, Haslett was known as 'Oily Jemmy' as he had made his fortune through importing paraffin oil. Notably, Haslett had been the Lord Mayor responsible for organising the purchase of the site in 1888, for construction of the new City Hall. The statue of Haslett was originally located to the west of the Queen Victoria monument, and was designed to complement Brock’s statue of Sir Edward Harland. Both are stone statues of similar height and form, depicting their subjects in a standing position, while resting a hand on a small table to their side.





Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased by public subscription

Work type



Belfast City Council


Belfast City Council

Work status


Listing status

B1 (Northern Ireland)

Unveiling date

19th April 1909

Listing date



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Located at

Donegall Square, Belfast


Located in City Hall grounds.