Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Stone-cutter, of Dublin. Moses Darley was one of three sons of Henry Darley of Newtownards, Co. Down (see DARLEY FAMILY DARLEY FAMILY ). According to family tradition he was the first member of the family of Henry Darley to settle in Dublin.(1) He was employed as a stone-cutter on Steevens's Hospital and, between 1712 and 1740, at Trinity College on the library,(2) the printing house(3) and elsewhere.

The death of this 'very eminent stone-cutter' is reported in Faulkner's Dublin Journal for 13-17 Aug 1754. At the time of his death it was asserted that he was 'the first that brought the Art of Building in Stone to that Perfection it now is amongst us; most of the superb buildings in the different Cities of the Kingdom being of his execution'.(4) His will was proved in the Prerogative Court in 1755.(3) He was married to Martha Clarke,(4) by whom he was the father of HENRY DARLEY [2]  HENRY DARLEY [2] and GEORGE DARLEY [1] GEORGE DARLEY [1] . He is probably the 'Mr Moses Darling' who was one of the subscribers to The Natural History of North Carolina, published in Dublin by John Brickell in 1737.

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(1) Information from Mrs R.C. Lewis-Crosby, in conversation, 1998.
(2) Trinity muniments, MUN/P/2/23, 25, 27, 31, 37-39,42, 48, 52-54).
(3) Trinity muniments, MUN/P/2/65,68.
(4) Quoted by M.J. Craig and the Knight of Glin in Irish Architectural Drawings (1965), 5.
(3) Arthur Vicars, Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810 (1897), 123.
(4) A portrait of Martha Darley was in the collection of Mrs. R.C. Lewis-Crosby, 1998.


4 work entries listed in chronological order for DARLEY, MOSES *


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, COLLEGE GREEN, TRINITY COLLEGE, LIBRARY (OLD)
Date: 1713;1722
Nature: MD works on same, 1713. Paid for work including carved ornaments on exterior and chimney, 1722..
Refs: TCD MUN P2/25/33 & passim (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44); E.McParland, 'Trinity College, Dublin - II', Country Life, 13 May 1976, 1243; Anne Crookshank, The Long Room (Gatherum 6, 1976), 3

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, STEEVENS'S LANE, STEEVENS'S HOSPITAL
Date: 1720-1737
Nature: MD paid for stonecutting work between 1720 and 1737.
Refs: TCD MS 3508(1) (E.McP); account book of Michael Wills, IAA Acc.81/88; E. McParland, Public Architecture in Ireland: 1680-1760 (2001), 84

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, COLLEGE GREEN, TRINITY COLLEGE
Date: 1734
Nature: MD stonecutter.
Refs: E.McParland, 'Trinity College, Dublin - II', Country Life, 13 May 1976, 1243

Building: CO. WICKLOW, SHELTON ABBEY
Date: 1754a
Nature: HD works for Ralph Howard (at Shelton Abbey?)
Refs: Accounts of MD with Ralph Howard in NLI, MS. 1725(a) (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44)