Thomas Dain was known or characterized, in various circles and at various times of his life, as:
a shy, awkward boy, unsuited to competitive sport,terrified of dancing, but not good at spelling;
an anabashed romantic, and the husband, for a time, of silent film starlet Claire Cameron;
a ceaseless visionary of new ventures, an inventor, the holder of numerous patents, some disputed;
an admitted eccentric, and self-styled 'architect of dreams', many of which proved impracticible,
or defied articulation entirely, though he succeeded in realizing no few:
The best-known of these, of course, was and remains Dain's Folly.
– from An Architect of Dreams: The Life of Thomas Dain, Thomas Dain Estate, publisher. Used by permission.