BURGOYNE, JOHN FOX (SIR) #
- Born: 1782 Died: 1871
English military engineer, for whom see Oxford DNB. After a distinguished military career in the Peninsular War and a period as commanding engineer at Chatham and then at Portsmouth, Colonel Burgoyne came to Ireland in 1831 on his appointment as chairman of the newly constituted Board of Public Works. He was responsible for the appointment of JACOB OWEN as architect and engineer to the Board the following year, Owen having previously worked under him in Portsmouth. He remained in Ireland until 1845. During his time in Ireland he acted as chairman of the Commissioners for the Improvement of the River Shannon, and was a member of the Commission appointed in 1836 'to consider and recommend a general system of railways for Ireland'. He was also Chairman of the Commissioners of Drainage, a member of the Board of Wide Streets Commissioners for Dublin, and chief Commissioner of Kingstown and Dunmore harbours. In 1838 he was promoted to the rank of major-general and made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.
ICEI: founder and and first president, 1835-1845.(1)
All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from Pettigrew & Oulton's directories and from the obituary of Burgoyne in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 33 (1871-72), 194-204, which see for further details of Burgoyne's career outside Ireland. Another obituary is in IB 13, 15 Nov 1871, 292.
(1) TICEI 12 (1880), 69.