Donkin, Bryan

BORN 29 Apr 1809, London: Bermondsey - DIED 4 Dec 1893, London: Blackheath, Lewisham
GRAVE LOCATION London: Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove

Bryan Donkin was the fifth son of the engineer Bryan Donkin, who was known for his paper machine and operated from Bermondsey. He was educted in England and in France. He entered his father's company, where he was involved in the design and construction of machinery, but also in more administrative aspects. He met engineers like Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Henry Bessemer.

He went to Nantes to supervise the construction of machinery for the family company and there he witnesssed the Revolution of 1830. He also worked in Spain. In 1841 he married Emma Day (1812-1888) from Isleworth and they had three children. When his father died in 1855 he became a partner in the works in Bermondsey. From 1858 to 1862 the company worked on a large project in Russia and he visited the country several times.

In 1881 he retired and he lived until 1893. He was buried in the family grave at Nunhead Cemetery in London.

• Father: Donkin, Bryan
• Son: Donkin, Horatio Bryan

Related persons
• knew Brunel, Isambard Kingdom


The grave of Bryan Donkin at Nunhead Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (03 Aug 2019)


Bryan Donkin (1809-1893) - Graces Guide

Donkin, Horatio Bryan

Published: 15 May 2020
Last update: 15 May 2020