|Captain Francis Fowke (1823-1865)|
He was born on 7 July 1823 in the townland of Ballysillan, which was then in the countryside, north of Belfast, and he was the son of an English army officer named John Fowke and a young Ulster-Scots woman named Jane Ferguson. She was the daughter of John Stevenson Ferguson, a Belfast linen merchant.
|National Museum of Scotland - Royal Museum|
Francis Fowke was educated at the Royal School, Dungannon, and the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich and then joined the Royal Engineers.
|Royal Museum - Main Hall|
Captain Francis Fowke also designed public buildings in London and Dublin including the Royal Albert Hall, parts of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery in Dublin.
He was primarily an engineer and architect but he was also an inventor and his inventions including an early folding camera.
Captain Francis Fowke died suddenly in London on 4 December 1865 and he was buried in Brompton Cemetery.