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Robert Manning (1816-1897)
1898 Obituary 
ROBERT MANNING, born in Normandy on the 22nd October, 1816, was the third son of William Manning, of Knocknamehil, Co. Wicklow, who took part in the Battle of Waterloo as Adjutant of the 40th Regiment. It was not until he had attained the age of thirty that the subject of this notice commenced his engineering career by entering, in 1846, the service of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland. He was engaged on arterial drainage works, and two years later was placed in charge of a district extending over parts of five counties. On the completion of these works in 1855 Mr. Manning began to practise on his own account.
For three years he was engaged in directing a trigonometrical survey of the Irish estates of the Marquis of Downshire, at the close of which he accepted the appointment of Engineer to that nobleman, his duties including the charge of harbour works at Dundrum.
In 1869 Mr. Manning returned to the service of the Commissioners of Public Works, and in 1874 was promoted to the post of Chief Engineer to the Board, . . . [more]