- Born: - Died: 1775
Architect and carpenter, of Belfast, active in the 1760s and 1770s. During the 1860s Edward Foot was consulted by Matthew Forde about the possible rebuilding or enlargement of the old house at Seaforde, Co. Down.(1) He submitted plans for the Belfast Poorhouse which were not adopted.(2) In July 1771 he was appointed superintendent of works for the erection of the Poorhouse(3) but was dismissed soon afterwards(3) because, among other misdemeanours, his 'haughty, Peevish Temper was very disagreeable to the Workmen Concerned & to the Committee which Created Confusion and prevented the Business from going forward in a smooth orderly manner'.(4) In February 1772 he advertised mahogany in the Belfast News Letter,(5) which also records his making proposals for carpentry work at the Poorhouse in April of the same year.(6) Later he worked under - COOPER on the Belfast Market House and Assembly Rooms.(7) He died in November 1775,(8) and his effects, including furniture, carpenters tools and cases of drawing instruments, were sold at auction on 6 December following.(9)
(1) See PRONI E-catalogue, Matthew Forde letters, MIC5991, see http://applications.proni.gov.uk/LL_DCAL_PRONI_ECATNI/ResultDetails.aspx lst visited, Nov 2011.
(2) R.W.M. Strain, Belfast and its Charitable Society (1961), 40.
(3) C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of Belfast (2nd ed., 1985), 4.
(4) Strain, op.cit., 42.
(5) Belfast News Letter, 28 Feb 1772.
(6) Belfast News Letter, 17 Apr 1772.
(7) See note 2, above.
(8) Belfast News Letter, 21-24 Nov 1775.
(9) Belfast News Letter, 24-28 Nov 1775.
3 work entries listed in chronological order for FOOT, EDWARD
|Building:||CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NORTH QUEEN STREET, CLIFTON HOUSE (BELFAST CHARITABLE SOCIETY)|
|Nature:||Submitted unexecuted plans. Appointed superintendent of works, July 1771, but dismissed sson afterwards.|
|Refs:||R.W.M. Strain, Belfast and its Charitable Society (1961), 40; Brett, 4.|
|Building:||CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WARING STREET, MARKET HOUSE & ASSEMBLY ROOMS|
|Nature:||Foot worked under Cooper.|
|Refs:||Brett, 4, (but cf. his Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 44, where he gives the date as 1776).|
|Building:||CO. DOWN, SEAFORDE HOUSE|
|Nature:||EF consulted by Matthew Forde, senior, about rebuilding or enlargement of earlier house.
|Refs:||PRONI E-catalogue, Matthew Forde letters, MIC5991, see http://applications.proni.gov.uk/LL_DCAL_PRONI_ECATNI/ResultDetails.aspx lst visited, Nov 2011.|