Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English engineer. Gisborne, a son of the British Consul in St Petersburg, was educated at Repton, in Geneva and at Durham University. He came to Ireland in 1842 to work for the Commissioners for the Navigation of the River Shannon as a resident engineer on a scheme for improving the navigability of the river, which involved deepening it, removing and rebuilding bridges, and the construction of locks and wharves. He was subsequently engaged in work on the Upper Shannon, which included the deepening and renewal of the Lough Allen Canal. From 1849 until 1851 he was placed in charge of these works as Engineer in Chief. While he was still engaged on these works, the Board of Works appointed him engineer for several arterial drainage schemes in Cos. Longford and Roscommon, most of which were completed before he left Ireland in 1852. He also served for a short time on the preparatory plans for the Limerick & Waterford Railway under CHARLES VIGNOLES CHARLES VIGNOLES . During the famine of 1846-7, Gisborne took an active part in relief work. As many as four thousand men were working under him on the Shannon improvement scheme. Privately, with the help of his friends and relations in England, he undertook the establishment of soup kitchens and the distribution of clothes. During his years in Ireland he was closely associated with HENRY C. FORDE HENRY C. FORDE . Gisborne left Ireland in 1852 and spent the rest of his career in England and abroad. He died on 8 January 1861 at the early age of thirty-eight. ICEI: member by 1849.(1) See BIBLIOGRAPHY. BIBLIOGRAPHY.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Gisborne in Min. Proc. ICE 21 (1861-62), 586-592, which see for details of his later career.

(1) TICEI 3 (1847-1849), list of members.

Author Title Date Details
Gisborne, Lionel 'On tunnels through bogs' 1850 TICEI 4, Pt. 1 (1849-50), 9-12.
Gisborne, Lionel 'On the application of corrugated iron to wrought iron girders' 1851 TICEI 4, Pt. 2 (1850-1), 7-11.