William Frederick Wakeman

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Black and white line drawing of a rowboat on a lake, with a small populated island in the background.
Wakeman's illustration of pilgrims rowing to Station Island on Lough Derg, County Donegal.

William Frederick Wakeman (1822 – 15 October 1900) was an Irish archaeologist, initially producing works as an artist and then as an author.


W. F. Wakeman was born in Dublin, 1822. His father was a publisher. A student of George Petrie, Wakeman produced pen and pencil sketches of land features and antiquities while employed as a draughtsman by the Ordnance Survey of Ireland. The works of this period are held by the Royal Irish Academy.[1]

Colour photograph of a 19th-century utilitarian red-brick building with a slate roof.
Former District National Model School in Enniskillen, where Wakeman taught in later life.

After the closing of the topographical department of the Survey, he took teaching roles at St. Columba's College in County Meath[1] and the Portora Royal and District National Model schools in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.[2] He eventually abandoned art to pursue his interest in archaeology.[1]

Wakeman died on 15 October 1900, in Coleraine, County Londonderry.[1]


  • Wakeman, W.F. (1848), Archaeologica Hibernica: A Hand-book of Irish Antiquities
  • Wakeman, W.F. (1852), Three Days On the Shannon: From Limerick to Lough Key
  • Wakeman, W.F. (1865), Tourists' guide through Dublin and its interesting suburbs : specially suited to the visitors of the international exhibition, 1865
  • Wakeman, W.F. (1887), The tourist's guide to Ireland
  • Wakeman, W.F. (1893), A survey of the antiquarian remains on the island of Inismurray
  • Wakeman, W.F. (1886), Graves and monuments of illustrious Irishmen

As illustrator only


  1. ^ a b c d "William Frederick Wakeman". Changing Libraries Initiative – reading-room. An Chomhairle Leabharlanna. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  2. ^ Wakeman 1870, Title page.