The occupations of the candidates clearly reflect the importance of merchants and traders in Cork. Tanners were prominent on the north side of the city where cattle processing was a major industry. A tanner processed animal skin or hides, turning them into leather. Richard Dowden (Richd.) (1794-1861), listed in this item, was an important merchant and manager of Jennings Soda Water Company. In 1845 he was elected mayor of Cork. A keen botanist, he was also active in the temperance movement and in the Cuverian Society which promoted the study of science, literature and the fine arts. He was known as ‘Richard Dowden Richard’ to distinguish him from his father, Richard Dowden.