1840 Farewell Address to the Rev. Edward Spring, Zealous Proselytiser, Living Castletownbere. His son Sir Francis Joseph Spring, Indian Railway Engineer, Developer of Madras Harbour, Funded a Prize for Engineering at TCD.


1840 Rev. Edward Spring, p. 1

1843, Meetings for Protestant Orphan Society held by Reverend Edward Spring, p. 5

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1851.  Subscribers towards the Endowment of Poor Mans Church (Teampall na mBocht), near Crookhaven,  Rev. William A. Fisher


West Cork Protestant Population,  

Subscription List, 

Background to Subscribers,  

Local Proselytising Clergy, 

Subscription lists Bible, Missionary Societies etc, 

Church Education Society Schools,

Rev. Edward Spring son:

Spring, Sir Francis Joseph

Contributed by

Jones, Stefanie P.

Spring, Sir Francis Joseph (1849–1933), civil engineer, was born 20 January 1849, most likely in Magourney, Co. Cork, son of the Rev. Edward Spring, rector of Magourney; his mother’s name is not known. After receiving his early education at Midleton School, Co. Cork, Spring went on to study engineering at TCD, serving his one-year apprenticeship under Alexander McDonnell (qv), locomotive superintendent of the Great Southern & Western Railway, and graduating with his licence in 1870 (TCD did not offer a degree in engineering till 1871/2). Also in 1870, he entered the Indian public works department, where for nearly fifty years he played a major role in the development and administration of India’s major railways and ports.

The Rev. Spring and his brother were part of a band of proselytising Church of Ireland Clergy who plagued West Cork from around 1820 to 1850.  Stirring up trouble, allegations that they were offering food and education to starving locals if they converted.  The listing for subscribers for Teampall na mBocht Church at  Toormore  by the Rev. Fisher shows the background to their supporters.