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Anderson, Emily

Anderson, Emily (1891–1962), academic, civil servant, and translator, was born 17 March 1891 at Taylor's Hill, Galway, second daughter of Alexander Anderson (qv), professor of natural philosophy and later president of…

Anderson, James Augustine

Anderson, James Augustine (1837–1903), Augustinian priest and politician, was born in Drogheda, Co. Louth, where his mother's family, the Kellys, were well-to-do (an uncle, John Kelly, served as mayor in 1871). He was educated locally and at the Armagh diocesan college. Deciding…

Anderson, John

Anderson, John (1882–1958), 1st Viscount Waverley , administrator, politician, and under-secretary for Ireland, was born in Edinburgh on 8 July 1882, the eldest of the four children (two sons and two daughters)  of David Alexander Pearson Anderson, businessman, and his wife, Janet…

Anderson, John

Anderson, John (1747?–1820), developer of Fermoy, Co. Cork, was son of David Anderson of Portling, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, who was the jailer at Dunfries. He moved to Cork in 1780, set up in business, and developed the quay bearing his name and the Charleston Maltings at…

Anderson, John

Anderson, John (1815–1905), woollen merchant, geologist, bibliographer, and local politician, was born 8 July 1815 near Coleraine, Co. Londonderry. After moving to Belfast he entered (1840) the woollen business in Donegall St. founded by James Young in 1795. Anderson's eminence…

Anderson, Lily

Anderson, Lily (1922–82), social campaigner and communist, joined the Communist Party in 1942 and served for many years on its subcommittees for social services, education, and women. She was best known as a campaigner for better nursery facilities in Belfast during the 1960s. Her…

Anderson, Mark Louden

Anderson, Mark Louden (1895–1961), forester, was born 16 April 1895, son of the Rev. J. C. Anderson and Jeanie Anderson (née Boyd), of Kinneff, Scotland. His university career was interrupted by service in the British army (1914–19), where he won an MC…

Anderson, Richard John

Anderson, Richard John (1848–1914), scientist, was born 29 July 1848, second son of Richard Anderson and Elizabeth Anderson (née Harcourt) of Ballybot, Newry, Co. Down. He attended Newry School, and graduated MA and…

Anderson, Robert

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Anderson, Robert Andrew

Anderson, Robert Andrew (1860–1942), agriculturist, was born in June 1860 at Mount Corbet, Buttevant, Co. Cork, where his parents, Andrew Anderson, a Scot, and his Canadian wife, settled in 1851. He began work as a petty sessions clerk at Doneraile and became sub-agent to the local…

Anderson, Sir James Caleb

Anderson, Sir James Caleb (1792–1861), baronet and steam-coach promoter, was born 21 July 1792 in Cork, eldest of two sons and one daughter of John Anderson (1747–1820), banker of Cork, and his second wife, Elizabeth (d. 1830), daughter of James Semple, merchant of Waterford.…

Anderson, Sir John D'Arcy

Anderson, Sir John D'Arcy (1908–1988), army officer, was born 23 September 1908 in Ballyhosset, Downpatrick, Co. Down, the only child of Major Reginald D'Arcy Anderson of Ballyhosset, Downpatrick, and his wife, Norah, daughter of Colonel Thomas Gracey of Blackheath, London. He won…

Anderson, Sir Robert

Anderson, Sir Robert (1837–1921), 1st baronet, businessman, was born 1 December 1837, probably in Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, son of James Anderson of Ballybay and Elizabeth Anderson (née Ker) of Newbliss. At 15 he joined the firm of John…

Anderson, Sir Samuel Lee

Anderson, Sir Samuel Lee (1837–86), and Sir Robert (1841–1918), lawyers and secret-service administrators, were sons of Matthew Anderson of Londonderry, crown solicitor for Dublin. Samuel Lee, the elder, was named after an ancestor member of the apprentice boys of Derry in 1688;…

Andrew (Andreas)

Andrew (Andreas) (fl. 9th cent.), Irish pilgrim saint and archdeacon of the cathedral of Fiesole, accompanied the more famous and better documented Donatus (qv) (d. 876), scholar and bishop of Fiesole, on pilgrimage to the holy…

Andrews, Christopher Stephen (‘Todd’)

Andrews, Christopher Stephen (‘Todd’) (1901–85), revolutionary, public servant, and writer, was born 6 October 1901 at 42 Summerhill, central Dublin, elder of two sons of Christopher Andrews, of Dublin, and Mary (‘Molly’) Andrews (née Moran), daughter of a…

Andrews, Eamonn

Andrews, Eamonn (1922–87), broadcaster, was born 19 December 1922 at 11 Synge Street, Dublin, eldest among five surviving children (two sons and three daughters; another son died in infancy) of William Andrews, an ESB carpenter, and…

Andrews, Francis

Andrews, Francis (1718–74), provost of TCD and MP, was born, allegedly, in Derry jail. Gossips claimed that his father, Alexander Andrews, was imprisoned as a debtor, though he had apparently owned property in Co. Antrim; in later years Francis Andrews possessed lands in the…

Andrews, George

Andrews, George (c.1575–1648), protestant bishop of Ferns and Leighlin, was born at Daventry, Northants., England, educated at Magdalen College, Oxford (BA 1592, MA 1599), and ordained (25…

Andrews, John Miller

Andrews, John Miller (1871–1956), prime minister of Northern Ireland, was born 17 July 1871 in Comber, Co. Down, eldest of four sons and one daughter of Thomas Andrews, miller, and Eliza Andrews of Ardara, Comber, daughter of James Alexander Pirrie of Belfast, and sister of Viscount…

Andrews, Mary Katherine

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Andrews, Michael

Andrews, Michael (1788–1870), industrialist, was third son of Michael Andrews (d. 1805), linen bleacher, of Annsborough, near Castlewellan, Co. Down, and Elizabeth Andrews (née Meek), who was Scottish. He had three sisters. The Andrews family was of great importance in the…

Andrews, Niall Dermott

Andrews, Niall Dermott (1937–2006), politician, was born 19 August 1937, in the Stella Maris nursing home, 17 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, youngest of four sons of C. S. 'Todd' Andrews (qv), civil servant, who resided at…

Andrews, Sir James

Andrews, Sir James (1877–1951), lord chief justice of Northern Ireland, was born 3 January 1877 in Comber, Co. Down, third among five sons of Thomas Andrews of Comber, industrialist, and his wife Elizabeth, only daughter of James Alexander Pirrie of Clandeboye, Co. Down, and sister…

Andrews, Sir John Lawson Ormrod (‘Jack’)

Andrews, Sir John Lawson Ormrod (‘Jack’) (1903–86), politician and businessman, was born 15 July 1903 at Maxwell Court, Comber, Co. Down, the only son among the three children of John Miller Andrews (qv), later prime minister of…