William Richard Le Fanu (1816 - 1894)

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Birthplace: Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
Death: Died in Enniskerry, Wicklow, Wicklow, Ireland
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About William Richard Le Fanu

William Richard Le Fanu


William Richard Le Fanu was born in Dublin in February 1816. His father Reverend Thomas P. Le Fanu was Chaplain to the Royal Hibernian Military School. His older brother was Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, the well-known novelist.

William was educated at Trinity College, Dublin where he received a B.A. degree in 1839. He became an apprentice to John Benjamin McNeill, the great railway engineer and was employed on railway work including the construction of the Great Southern and Western Railway. Le Fanu and another engineer called Matthew Blakiston were principal assistants to McNeill. He was responsible for the design of the Bagenalstown and Ballywilliam line, including the Borris viaduct around 1860.

In 1863, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board of Public Works. Le Fanu relates that he was "much pressed to do so by (his) friends in the Irish Government".

In 1863, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board of Public Works. Le Fanu relates that he was "much pressed to do so by (his) friends in the Irish Government".

In his memoirs "Seventy Years of Irish Life" published in 1893 he William Dargan described by WR Le Fanu recounts anecdotes and reminiscences from his life as an engineer on the railway between Bagenalstown and Kilkenny which was "a single line". He also mentions two of his friends pioneers of transport in the first half of the nineteenth century William Dargan and Charles Bianconi, who predeceased him. He died at home in Summerhill, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow on September 8th, 1894.

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William Richard Le Fanu's Timeline

1816
February 24, 1816
Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
1858
December 9, 1858
Age 42
Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
1858
Age 41
Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
1865
October 14, 1865
Age 49
59 Fitzwilliams Place, Dublin, Ireland