Aeneas Coffey

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Aeneas Coffey was born circa 1780 in Dublin or Wicklow, Ireland. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. From 1799-1800 he worked as a gauger (one who inspects dutiable bulk goods). By 1813, he was appointed sub-commissioner of Inland Excise and Taxes for the district of Drogheda.

By 1818, he was Acting Inspector General of Excise for the whole of Ireland, two years later he was promoted to Inspector General of Excise in Dublin, Ireland. In 1823, he was asked by the government to help them with drafting the Excise Act. The Excise Act of 1823 was approved, it sanctioned the distilling of whiskey in return for a license of £ 10 and a set payment per gallon of whiskey.

He retired from service in 1824.

What you may not know about Aeneas is that he was also an inventor. He patented his own design of the column still making it more efficient in 1830. It is commonly known as the “Coffey still” or the Patent Still. That invention became the basis for every column still used to this day.

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Comments (14)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Some great whiskeys and scotch over there.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 06, 2019 04:55 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Clearly this was a major invention. Well done.

Jul 06, 2019 04:55 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Some ideas sure do stand the test of time. Have a great weekend.

Jul 06, 2019 05:45 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Neither one of us is a fan of whiskey, however, we have tasted some very good whiskey on an occasion or two.  Enjoy your golf.  A

Jul 06, 2019 06:07 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. A fan of scotch myself. But a taste of whiskey once in a blue moon does happen. Enjoy your day 

Jul 06, 2019 06:11 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray those who enjoy scotch are very particular about the brand of scotch they drink.... I think more so than any other type of alcohol.... 

Jul 06, 2019 06:20 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that information is good to know although I have not ventured into that area.  We might find them in the mountains.

Jul 06, 2019 07:37 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Aeneas must have really enjoyed his whiskey!

Jul 06, 2019 09:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I'm definitely not an expert in this field but I am sure others with more knowledge appreciate this invention.  Cheers!

Jul 06, 2019 10:47 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It says a lot about how Aeneas designed his columns that they are still in use today. The development of the Excise Tax was revolutionary at the time.

Jul 06, 2019 01:52 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening James Dray ,

You are right your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile and you made my day with your tidbit of history!  Thank you!!

Jul 06, 2019 05:22 PM
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Thank you for the interesting history of this inventor. Who knew?


Jul 08, 2019 02:28 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That's a fun piece of information James Dray 

Jul 10, 2019 05:32 PM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Now I have to do some research as I have no idea what a column still is!!  Thanks, Mr. Dray for making our Day!!

Aug 09, 2019 09:33 AM