Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Land surveyor and civil engineer, of Dublin, active from the 1820s until the 1850s. John Hackett was employed by the Irish Boundary Survey in 1827-1828.(1) In October 1850 he was appointed an agent for the sale of Ordnance Survey maps, previously a monopoly of Hodges & Smith, of Dublin.(2) During the early 1850s he drew views to illustrate the advertisements for at least three properties which were to be sold under the provisions of the Incumbered Estates Act of 1849. One of these was Riversdale or Newtown-Clarke House, at Palmerstown, Co. Dublin, which he hoped to acquire for himself because he had not been paid for extensive plumbing and irrigation work on the house and demesne which he had carried out for the owner, Richard Clarke. His representations to the Incumbered Estates Commission may have been successful, as Newtown-Clarke House appears as his address in the Post Office Dublin Directory for 1853 although the auction of the property was only scheduled to take place on 8 July of that year.(3)

Addresses:(4) 6 Lower Ormond Quay, 1844; 25 Upper Ormond Quay, 1853.
Home: Newtown-Clarke House, Palmerstown, Co. Dublin, 1853.


(1) Sarah Bendall, ed., Dictionary of Land Surveyors and Local Map-Makers of Great Britain and Ireland 1530-1850 (2nd edition, 1997), 220.
(2) J.H. Andrews, A Paper Landscape: the Ordnance Survey in Nineteenth Century Ireland (1975), 228.
(3) Mary Cecilia Lyons, Illustrated Incumbered Estates Ireland, 1850-1905 (1993), 64-65.
(4) From Post Office Dublin Directory 1844 and 1853.

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Date: 1853a
Nature: Extensive plumbing and irrigation work, for Richard Clarke.
Refs: Mary Cecilia Lyons, Illustrated Incumbered Estates Ireland, 1850-1905 (1993), 64-65