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's works include:[1]

  • Archaeologica Hibernica: A Hand-book of Irish Antiquities (1848).[3] A third edition was produced in 1903 by John Cooke[4]
  • Three Days on the Shannon
  • Guide to Lough Erne, or Lough Erne, Enniskillen, Belleek, Ballyshannon and Bundoran, with routes from Dublin to Enniskillen and Bundoran, by rail or steamboat[2]
  • Guide to Dublin
  • Account on the Island of Inishmurray
  • Articles and correspondence in archaeological journals and the Dublin Evening Telegraph

As illustrator only:

  • Parishes of Ballysodare and Kilvarnet, Archdeacon O'Rorke
  • Irish Lake Dwellings, Colonel Wood Martin
  • St. Patrick's Purgatory, Lough Derg (1903), D. Canon O'Connor


  1. ^ a b c d e "William Frederick Wakeman". Changing Libraries Initiative – reading-room. An Chomhairle Leabharlanna. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Wakeman, W. F. (1870). Lough Erne, Enniskillen, Belleek, Ballyshannon, and Bundoran: with Routes from Dublin to Enniskillen and Bundoran, by Rail or Steamboat. Dublin: John Mullany. Title page. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Wakeman, William F. (1848). Archaeologia Hibernica: A Hand-book of Irish Antiquities. Transcript. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Cooke, John, ed. (1903). Wakeman's Handbook of Irish Antiquities (3rd ed.). Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co. pp. iii–viii. Retrieved 14 June 2013.