Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Canal engineer. Archibald Millar worked on the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal from Monasterevin to Athy, Co. Kildare, between 1785 and 1791. He had been promoted from overseer to act as one of three assistants to RICHARD EVANS  RICHARD EVANS on the construction of the line, but by 1790, following the dismissal of Evans in 1789 and the transfer of Evans's other two assistants to different duties, he found himself in charge of the project. On the completion of the line in 1791, Millar was given a gratuity of 50 guineas by the directors in appreciation of his work. He was transferred to Dublin to work on the Circular Line of the Grand Canal, which had been started in 1790, but left the Company's service soon afterwards. According to Whitelaw, Warburton and Walsh's History of Dublin (1818), the Foster Aqueduct, built for the Royal Canal Company at Broadstone, Dublin, in about 1800, was designed by 'Millar & Roddery', who have not been identified.(1) Could Archibald Millar be the Millar in question?


All information in this entry not otherwiseaccounted for is from Ruth Delany, The Grand Canal of Ireland (1973), 35-37, and Ruth Delany, Ireland's Inland Waterways (1988), 81-82.

(1) Vol. II, 1232.