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Allen, Thomas

Allen, Thomas (d. 1634), merchant, was second son among three sons and two daughters of Edward Allen of Kilteel, Co. Dublin, and his wife Ales, daughter of Alderman Giles Allen of Dublin; his paternal grandfather, Thomas Alen, from Norfolk, had settled in Ireland in the 1530s…

Allen, William Edward

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Allen, William Edward David

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Allen, William Philip

Allen, William Philip (1848–67), Fenian and ‘Manchester martyr’, was born in April 1848 near Tipperary town but moved when aged about 3 to Bandon, Co. Cork, where his father, Thomas Allen (1814?–1909), was keeper of the bridewell (c.1850–1868). The Allen family was…

Alleyn, Sir James

Alleyn, Sir James (fl. 1425–57), landowner in Co. Meath, lawyer, and officeholder, appears in 1425 as a justice of the liberty of Ulster, with the title of knight. At or after the end of 1427 he and Sir Henry Fortescue (d. c.1460), chief justice of the king's bench…

Allgood, Sara

Allgood, Sara (1883–1950), actress, was born 31 October 1883 in Dublin, daughter of George Allgood and Margaret Allgood (née Harold). Her father was a protestant printing compositor, son of an English army officer; her mother's family were catholic, owners of a junk shop. There were…

Allingham, William

Allingham, William (1824–89), poet and customs official, was born 19 March 1824 in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, eldest of five children of William Allingham, merchant and bank manager, and Elizabeth Allingham (née Crawford). A brother died in infancy; his mother died when Allingham…

Allison, Richard Sydney

Allison, Richard Sydney (1899–1978), neurologist and historian, was born 15 May 1899 in Belfast to William and Eliza Allison, and attended RBAI and QUB. Before completing his…

Allister, Jean Maria

Allister, Jean Maria (1932–2012), contralto singer, was born on 26 February 1932 in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, the first child of Samuel Allister, a driver and salesman, and his wife Margaret (née Hill). She had a younger brother. At first the family lived in Margaret Avenue in the town…

Allman, George James

Allman, George James (1812–98), botanist and zoologist, was born at Cork, son of James Clugston Allman, a cotton manufacturer and, later, a distiller at nearby Bandon, and his wife, Sarah, née Lane; he was educated at the RBAI…

Allman, George Johnston

Allman, George Johnston (1824–1904), mathematician, was born 28 September 1824 in Dublin, a younger son of William Allman (qv), botanist. After a brilliant undergraduate career at TCD, he…

Allman, William

Allman, William (1776–1846), physician and botanist, was born 7 February 1776 at Kingston, Jamaica, son of Thomas Allman, described as a ‘gentleman’; from the age of four he was brought up in his mother's native Waterford. He entered TCD…

Alment, Mary Martha

Alment, Mary Martha (1834–1908) artist, was born 9 April 1834 at St Mary's Abbey, Dublin, the daughter of William F. Alment, who was the son of John Alment (1740?–1787), a huguenot scientific and mathematical instrument maker. Mary studied art at the…

Almqvist, Bo Gunnar

Almqvist, Bo Gunnar (1931–2013), folklore scholar, was born on 5 May 1931 in Edsgatan, a small community in Alster, a farming district in the province of Varmland, Sweden, an area noted for its old customs and traditions. He was the youngest child, born eleven years after his…

Alton, Bryan Gerard

Alton, Bryan Gerard (1919–91), physician, politician, and goldsmith, was born in Dublin on 5 June 1919, the only child of Norman Bindon Alton, bank inspector, and his wife, Mary Frances (née Hayes). The family lived at 119 Morehampton Road until his father died in 1925. Bryan and his…

Alton, Ernest Henry

Alton, Ernest Henry (1873–1952), classical scholar and public representative, was born 21 September 1873 at Marlinstown, near Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, eldest son of James Poë Alton, banker, of Limerick and Marguerite Alton (née Keely). His abiding passion for classical literature…

Amalgaid

Amalgaid (d. 1049), abbot of Armagh, son of Abbot Máel-Muire, belonged to the ecclesiastical lineage of Clann Sínaig, and heads the genealogy of his line in Rawlinson B. 502, being eighth in descent from the eponymous Sínach. The lineage was a discard segment of the Uí Echdach dynasty,…

Ambrose, Robert

Ambrose, Robert (1855–1940), medical doctor and politician, was born at Limerick, son of Michael Ambrose of Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. He studied at QCG and QCC (…

Amlaíb (Óláfr) Cuarán

Amlaíb (Óláfr) Cuarán (d. 981), son of Sitriuc Cáech (qv), was Norse king of Dublin. He first came to notice in 940 when he left Dublin to join his cousin Amlaíb (qv) son…

Amlaíb (Óláfr Godfridsson)

Amlaíb (Óláfr Godfridsson) (d. 941), Norse king of Dublin, was son of Gofraid (king 921–34), the last surviving grandson of Ímar (qv); nothing is known of his mother. He married Aldgyth, daughter of an Anglo-Danish jarl, Ormr. If he had any…

Amory, Thomas

Amory, Thomas (1691?–1788), writer, was said to be a son of Counsellor (Thomas?) Amory, secretary for the forfeited estates after the Williamite wars, who had acquired large estates in Co. Clare. Counsellor Amory was possibly the son of a Thomas Amory, victualler to the navy, who…

Ancketill (Anketell), Henry

Ancketill (Anketell), Henry (1855–1930), writer, journalist and politician, was born 4 May 1855 in Ancketill's Grove, Co. Monaghan, the fourth son of Major Matthew John Anketell, deputy lieutenant and JP, and his wife, Catherine Frances…

Anderson, Albert Wesley

Anderson, Albert Wesley (1907–86), industrialist and politician, was born 23 July 1907 in Derry city, elder son and second among four children of Sir Robert Newton Anderson of Derry, industrialist and politician, and his wife Lydia Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Elliott Smith, banker…

Anderson, Alexander

Anderson, Alexander (1858–1936), physicist and university administrator, was born 12 May 1858 near Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, son of Daniel Anderson of Camus, Coleraine. He attended QCG, graduating BA…

Anderson, Charles Frederick

Anderson, Charles Frederick (1802–1869), architect, was possibly born in Bedford, England. He was educated at Fermoy College, Co. Cork (c.1816–c.1818). From 1820 to 1824 he was apprenticed to the English architect Thomas Harrison (1744–1829), and to the Irish…