Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. Valentine Browne, a son of Captain Valentine Browne, paymaster of pensioners at Shrewsbury, of Irish descent, was born in 1824. He was educated at Elphin, Co. Leitrim, and at Cheltenham College, England, and was then articled to THOMAS DUGALL HALL THOMAS DUGALL HALL , county surveyor of Leitrim, with whom he remained seven years. After a short period under Sir JOHN MACNEILL JOHN MACNEILL , he was then employed by the Board of Public Works for two years as a district engineer. He next worked under CHARLES VIGNOLES  CHARLES VIGNOLES as resident engineer on the Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Cologne Railway. In 1857 he was appointed assistant to GEORGE MACKAY MILLER  GEORGE MACKAY MILLER in the permanent way department on the Great Southern and Western Railway and in 1865 became engineer to the northern section of that line. He carried out several works, such as renewing in stone and iron some large river bridges originally constructed of timber, and was joint engineer with WILLIAM BAKER  WILLIAM BAKER for the construction of the the branch line from Kingsbridge to the North Wall, Dublin. He left the GSWR in 1877 and died at Tuam on 6 January 1883.

ICEI: elected member, 1857;(1) member of council, 1864.(2)
Inst.CE: elected member 4 May 1869.

Address: 64 Lower Mount Street, 1858;(3) 9 Mountjoy Place, 1864-65.(4)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Browne in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 74 (1882-3), Pt. 4, 283.

(1) ICEI membership applications, I, 24.
(2) Jones transcripts from Thom's directories.
(3) See note 1, above.
(4) Jones trascripts from Thom's trade directory section.