William Lane-Joynt

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Russell•Lane-Joynt
Used nameWilliam•Lane-Joynt
Born27 March 1855 in Limerick, Limerick (IRL)
Died6 June 1921 in Clonskeagh, Dublin (IRL)
Measurements191 cm
NOC Great Britain
Nationality Ireland
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Barrister William Lane-Joynt was educated initially at Windermere College before finishing his education at Bonn, in Germany. A major passion of his was stamp collecting, which he started during his time at Windermere. He was also an excellent revolver and rifle shot and was once the long-range champion of Ireland, and seven times the revolver champion. Lane-Joynt represented Ireland in the international Elcho Shield on 19 occasions. He won a silver medal with the Great Britain team in the running target single shot event at the 1908 London Olympics.

It was in the world of philately, however, that Lane-Joynt was held in such high esteem and in 1921 he became only the second Irishman to be elected to the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists at their Harrogate Congress. Sadly he was too ill to attend, and he died less than a month later. Lane-Joynt’s father, also a barrister called William, was the one-time mayor of Limerick and also the Lord Mayor, and Deputy Lieutenant, of Dublin.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1908 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR IRL William Lane-Joynt
Free Pistol, 50 yards, Men (Olympic) 14
Running Target, Single Shot, Men (Olympic) =6
Running Target, Single Shot, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 2 Silver
Running Target, Double Shot, Men (Olympic) 13