Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

County surveyor for the western division of Co. Limerick, 1840-1863. Richard Lanauze, who was born circa 1809, worked in the offices of the Board of Works under JACOB OWEN ' JACOB OWEN ' for many years'. After serving as acting surveyor for Co. Antrim during the absence of CHARLES LANYON  CHARLES LANYON in London, he was appointed to the county surveyorship of the western division of Co.Limerick in August 1840. He applied unsuccessfully for an increase in salary in July 1862. The following year, in March 1863, after hearing complaints about the poor state of the roads in the county, the Grand Jury passed a resolution of no confidence in him, finding him 'no longer fit to hold his present office',(1) with the result that he was obliged to resign. He requested to be allowed to exchange posts with FREDERICK GAHAN FREDERICK GAHAN , the county surveyor for Co. Cavan, urging that he had no private practice to fall back on and had a wife and family to support, but, despite representations on his behalf from a large number of the gentry and clergy of west Limerick, the lord lieutenant would not permit such an arrangement. Lanauze died at Omagh, Co. Tyrone, on 10 May 1871 and was buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery. His widow Sarah Hannah, who was buried with him, died on 14 July 1891.

ICEI: member by 1849;(2) no longer on list of members for 1870.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 231-2, which gives the fullest account of Lanauze's career.

(1) Limerick Reporter and Tipperary Vindicator, 6 Mar 1863 (B.O'D.).
(2) TICEI 3 (1847-49), list of members..