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Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Henry Lynn
Designation: Architect
Born: 27 December 1829
Died: 12 September 1915
Bio Notes: William Henry Lynn was born on 27 December 1829 at St John's Point, County Down and educated at Banmow Grammar School, Wexford. He was articled to Charles Lanyon in Belfast in 1846 and was his clerk of works at Queen's College and Belfast County Courthouse. In 1854 Lanyon took him into a partnership which from 1860 included Charles Lanyon's son John. The firm had a formidable success rate in competitions winning that for Trinity Church Edinburgh in 1858, the parliament building at Sydney New South Wales 1861 (not built) and Chester Town Hall 1863. It also won a gold medal at the Royal Exhibition of 1867.

Lynn was admitted FRIBA on 29 May 1865, but the partnership of Lanyon Lynn & Lanyon was dissolved in 1872, Lynn continuing in practice on his own account until 1875 when he broke practice and went to Canada. In 1877 he resigned his fellowship but had a major competition win with Barrow-on-Furness Town Hall in the same year and withdrew his resignation. Further notable successes followed at Paisley and in Belfast itself.

Lynn's early work was generally Gothic or Romanesque, his Celtic-Romanesque church at Jordanstown 1865-68 being interesting in a Scottish context as the origin of Peter Macgregor Chalmers's Romanesque churches of the 1890s and early 1900s. Lynn's later work tended to be classical. He died at Ardavon, Antrim Road, Belfast on 12 September 1915.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Belfast, Northern IrelandBusiness18461875 
Item 2 of 3CanadaPrivate/business18751877(?) 
Item 3 of 3Belfast, Northern IrelandBusiness1877(?)1915 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Charles Lanyon1846c. 1851Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Charles Lanyonc. 18511854Clerk of Works 
Item 3 of 4Lanyon & Lynn18541860Partner 
Item 4 of 4Lanyon, Lynn & Lanyon1860 Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 51857Cally Estate, Cally Palace and other estate buildingsGatehouse of Fleet KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAdditions of chapel and conservatory to west wing
Item 2 of 51858Trinity Church  EdinburghScotlandWon open competition (joint first place with Haswell & Johnson?) - not built
Item 3 of 51875George A Clark Town HallPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandDid not win competition but scheme preferred and got the job
Item 4 of 51880Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design for second competition - placed 3rd premium
Item 5 of 51910Queen’s University  BelfastNorthern IrelandFirst place in competition


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 3Dixon, Hugh1974Article on William Henry Lynn (correct title required - check) Irish Georgian Society Quarterly Bulletin, Jan-June 1974, p25-30p25-30
Item 3 of 3Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p8

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder24 September 1915  Obituary of Lynn
Item 2 of 3Building News7 January 1890   
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal25 September 1915 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of Lynn, p506


© All rights reserved. Building News 17 January 1890 

© All rights reserved. Building News 17 January 1890