Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer and inventor, of Birmingham, for a memoir of whom see Min.Proc.Inst.CE 55 (1878-79), 329-330. In 1856 Daft became managing partner of the Irish Engineering Company based at the Seville Works in Seville Place, Dublin. Despite having had earlier successes,(1) the business did not continue to prosper and Daft, according to the memoir, 'lost by it a considerable property'. While he was in Dublin, he lived initially at 22 Eglinton Terrace, off Seville Place, and then at 19 Montpelier Hill. He appears to have left Ireland in 1859.


(1)   Between 1849 and 1849 it was said to have exported over 800 tons of castings to England and Wales, including castings for the extension of the Brighton Railway Company's terminus at London Bridge and for the South Wales Railway's bridge over the River Wye at Chepstow (Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal 14, 1 Mar 1841, 151).