William Deane Seymour

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Captain William Deane Seymour, (1813 – 1886) of Cobh (formerly Queenstown), was a British shipping agent, town commissioner, Justice of the Peace, author and consul to various countries.

Shipping agent and author[edit]

Captain Seymour represented the Inman Line for many years in Cobh. He was also a ship owner himself. Among others he owned the steamships Arran Castle and Fanny and also shared ownership of a sailing ship with his brother Henry Seymour.[1]

Captain Seymour was also an author and in 1877 wrote Journal of a Voyage round the World for which he is best remembered. He also authored A Tour in Syria and Palestine.[2][3]

Wilmount Castle[edit]

In 1852 Wilmount Castle in Cobh was built for the Seymour family where Captain Seymour lived with his wife Catherine. Today, only the name of the street Wilmount Avenue remembers the place where the castle once stood. Captain Seymour installed one of the earlies telephones in Ireland, connecting Wilmount Castle with his shipping offices on Lynch’s Quay in Cobh.[4]


  1. "British Armorial Bindings", University of Toronto Libraries (online), Seymour
  2. "British Armorial Bindings", University of Toronto Libraries (online), Seymour
  3. "Journal of a Voyage round the World", Capt. W. D. Seymour, J. P., printed & published by Francis Guy, Cork, 1877
  4. "British Armorial Bindings", University of Toronto Libraries (online), Seymour

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