Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. Sinclair William Payne, a son of the Rev. Somers Henry Payne(1) of Upton House, Upton, Co. Cork, was born in 1860. He went to school at Haileybury College in England. During 1879 and 1880 he served a two-year pupilage with Charles Edward Davis, City Architect of Bath, Somerset, followed by a further year with R.H. Lipscomb of Exmouth. From 1883 to 1888 he worked for the Officeof Public Works in Dublin, and then spent a short time in the engineering department of the Local Government Board. In 1890 he went to Cape Town. After a period in South Africa, he returned to Ireland and again entered the employment of the Office of Public Works, which appointed him an inspector in the south of Ireland. Following his father's death he settled at Upton where he practised as a valuer and surveyor and was also employed by the Local Government Board. He died, unmarried, in 1912. A memorial window was erected in Upton church by his friends.

ICEI: elected associate, 7 January 1891; transferred to member, 8 July 1891.

Address: Upton House, Cork, <=1898(2) until death.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from ICEI membership applications, III, 5, and from the obituary of Payne in TICEI 38 (1911-1912), 207.

(1) Walford's County Families (1887), 812; the TICEI obituary gives his father's name as Thomas.
(2) List of members in TICEI 27 (1897-1898).