William Russell Lane-Joynt

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William Russell Lane-Joynt
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William Russell Lane-Joynt as pictured in the December 1921 issue of the Stamp Collectors' Fortnightly
Personal information
Born (1855-03-27)27 March 1855
Limerick, Ireland
Died 6 June 1921(1921-06-06) (aged 66)
Clonskeagh, Dublin, Ireland
Sport Sports shooting

William Russell Lane-Joynt (27 March 1855[1]– 6 June 1921),[2] born in Limerick, was an Irish barrister, philatelist and Olympic shooter. He founded the Irish Philatelic Society in Dublin and assisted the Duke of Leinster to form his collection which was bequeated to the Dublin Museum of Science and Art. Lane-Joynt was one of only two Irish philatelists to be honoured by signing the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists.


He was the son of William Lane-Joynt, Mayor of Limerick (1862) and Lord Mayor of Dublin (1867). Educated at Windermere College, Wales,[3] Lane-Joynt graduated with a B.A. and M.B. from Trinity College, Dublin in 1878.[4] After attending King's Inns, Dublin, he was called to the bar as a barrister-at-law in April 1879.[5] He married in 1882 and had two children, Evelyn[3] and William (b.24 August 1886).[1][6]

Lane-Joynt was Revolver Champion of Ireland four times[3] and won a silver medal for shooting at the 1908 Summer Olympics, held in London, as a member of the Men's Running Target, Single Shot Great Britain team.[7] He also competed in three other events but did not feature in the medals.[8]


Amongst Lane-Joynt's philatelic specialties were the line-engraved stamps of the British West Indies, Canada, Cape of Good Hope, Gold Coast, Great Britain, and United States.[9] He became a fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London in 1889.[3] He was founder member and first president of the Irish Philatelic Club, later renamed the Irish Philatelic Society, at its inception in 1901[10] and remained its president until 1920.[3] He helped the Duke of Leinster assemble his Leinster Collection,[3] and after the Duke's death he became Honorary Curator of the collection that was bequeathed to the Dublin Museum of Science and Art.[9] In 1921 he was invited to sign the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists[11] as one of the initial 25 candidates; he remains only one of two Irishmen to sign the roll.[3]

At the time of his death in 1921, a portion of his collection was on display at the Dublin Museum of Science and Art. He bequeathed that to the museum to be added to the Duke of Leinster's collection, which added to the collection's interest. The balance of his collection was sold at auction in London in January 1922 and later auctions.[3]


  1. ^ a b Kenneth Ferguson, ed. (2005). King's Inns Barristers 1868—2004. Dublin: The Honorable Society of King's Inns in association with The Irish Legal History Society. p. 215. ISBN 0-9512443-2-9. 
  2. ^ The Times, Thursday, 9 June 1921; pg. 1; Issue 42742.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Mitchell, Heloise (June 2010). "W.R. Lane Joynt F.R.P.S.L., R.D.P. (1885–1921)". Irish Philately. UK: Irish Philatelic Circle. 2010 (June-2): 42. 
  4. ^ A catalogue of graduates of the University of Dublin, Volume 2. Dublin: Trinity College, Dublin. 1896. p. 132. 
  5. ^ The Irish law times and solicitors' journal, Volume XIII. Dublin: John Falconer. 1879. p. 224. 
  6. ^ The Irish law times and solicitors' journal, Volume XX. Dublin: John Falconer. 1886. p. 422. 
  7. ^ "Sports Reference: William Russell Lane-Joynt". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  8. ^ "William Lane-Joynt biography and Olympic results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Who Was Who in Philately". Association of British Philatelic Societies. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  10. ^ The Story of the Irish Philatelic Society 1901–2001. Blackrock, Co Dublin: Irish Philatelic Society. July 2002. p. 5. 
  11. ^ Biographies of the 1921 signatories in Arthur Ronald Butler, The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists, 1990, pages 46–64.

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