DEANE, WILLIAM HENRY
- Born: 1816 Died: 1887
County surveyor for Cos. Tipperary (South Riding), Tyrone (Eastern District), Mayo (Southern District) and Kerry. William Henry Deane was born on 19 December 1815, the son of DAVID DEANE  , of Cork, by his wife Catherine, daughter of Arthur Ussher of Camphire, Co. Waterford.(1) He was lving at Raffeen, Douglas, Cork, when he placed a full-page advertisement in Aldwell's Cork County and City Post Office General Directory for 1844-45 as a land surveyor who could also undertake 'Designs for Mansions, Villas, Farm offices, &c.'. He was probably still living in Cork when he drew elevations of King Street and Patrick's Quay to illustrate the rental of properties on Harrington's estate to be sold in 1851 under the provisions of the Incumbered Estates Act of 1849.(2) He was a clerk of works under the Board of Works when he was appointed county surveyor for the South Riding of Co. Tipperary on 22 March 1852(3) in succession to SAMUEL JONES , who had been dismissed. Deane, too, was summarily dismissed by the Grand Jury in July 1860 for having failed to comply with their directions.(4) Although his appeal against his dismissal had been unsuccessful, the Chief Secretary's office took the view that he should not be debarred from continuing to serve as a county surveyor, and in August 1860 he was appointed to the eastern district of Co. Tyrone.(5) In January 1865 his salary was raised from £300 to £400 per annum.(6) After an action had been taken against him by one of his assistants for the repayment of a loan of £20, he was transferred to the surveyorship of the southern district of Co. Mayo in July 1868, changing places with WILLIAM AUGUSTUS TREACY . Two further transfers took place: to Co.Fermanagh in August 1876 and to co. Kerry in October of the same year. He remained in the Co. Kerry post for the rest of his life.
Deane died on 22 April 1887, aged seventy, at his home in Tralee. He was married twice, first to Annie Ewing on 25 January 1849,(7) and secondly, on 20 April 1858, to Julia Caroline, daughter of Richard Cowran Chambers of Clonmel.(8) Two sons by his second marriage, John and David Deane, became engineers and settled in British Columbia.(9)
Addresses: Raheen, Douglas, Cork, 1844; Anniehill, Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone, 1868;(10) Rosbeg, Westport, Co. Mayo,(11) 1869-1875; Castlemorris, Tralee, at time of death.(12)
All information in this entry not otherwsise referenced is from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 145-6, which gives the fullest account of Deane's career.
(1) IB 43, 13 Feb 1901, 634.
(2) Mary Cecilia Lyons, Illustrated Incumbered Estates Ireland, 1850-1905 (1993), 13(illus.).
(3) Tipperary Free Press, 31 Mar 1852 (B.O'D.).
(4) DB 2, 1 Aug 1860, 304,308; B 18, 11 Aug 1860, 512.
(5) DB 2, 1 Sep 1860, 329.
(6) DB 5, 1 Feb 1865, 41.
(8) Marriage certificate, see http://churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/reels/d-298-3-7-093.pdf.
(9) See note 1, above.
(10) Jones, citing Thom's Directories.
(11) See note 10, above.
(12) Kerry Evening Post, 23 Apr 1887 (B.O'D.).
4 work entries listed in chronological order for DEANE, WILLIAM HENRY
|Building:||CO. CORK, CORK, LAPP'S ISLAND, TOBACCO STORES|
|Nature:||Estimate and plan for proposed tobacco stores for Samuel A. McCall, Esq.
MS. copy book of estimates, bills of measurement &c. by William Deane in IAA, Acc. 2009/91 (microfilm in NLI)..
|Building:||CO. TIPPERARY, CLONMEL, IRISHTOWN UPPER, AUXILIARY DISTRICT LUNATIC ASYLUM (FORMER WORKHOUSE)|
|Nature:||Plans for conversion of House of Industry into lunatic asylum approved by Board of Works but plans by George Wilkinson executed instead.|
|Refs:||DB 2, 1 Jul 1860, 301|
|Building:||CO. KERRY, KILLORGLIN, BRIDGE OVER RIVER LAUNE|
|Nature:||Eight arches. Cost: £9000.|
|Refs:||IB 24, 1 Aug 1882, 227; 27, 1 Jan 1885, 14|
|Building:||CO. KERRY, ?, BRIDGE ACROSS RIVER BRICK|
|Nature:||Iron screw pile bridge.|
|Refs:||IB 27, 1 Jan 1885, 14|