- Edward McParland
(flc. 1760; will proved March 29, 1786).
[Daviso de Arcort] Irish architect. He may have been born in Piedmont. He is first heard of in Ireland in the early 1760s and was living in Cork by 1764. He described himself as having been ‘bred…as an Engineer’, and like other 18th-century Irish architects he worked as a canal engineer as well as an architect. He has been described as the last Palladian in Ireland.
From 1767 Ducart worked on the canal between Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, and the Drumglass collieries, which involved constructing a large and handsome aqueduct near Newmills and the earliest use in either Britain or Ireland of inclined planes instead of the more usual system of locks. His earliest building was the Custom House (begun 1765) in Limerick, which announced some decorative mannerisms seen in his later works and a more exotic Palladianism than had hitherto emerged from the school of Edward Lovett Pearce and Richard Castle....