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Young, Sir John

Young, Sir John (1807–76), 1st Baron Lisgar , chief secretary for Ireland and governor-general of New South Wales and Canada, was born 31 August 1807 in Bombay, India, eldest son of Sir William Young, 1st baronet (d. 1848) of Bailieborough Castle, Co. Cavan, director and…

Young, Sydney

Young, Sydney (1857–1937), chemist, was born 29 December 1857 at Farnworth, Lancs., third son of Edward Young, JP and prosperous Liverpool merchant, and his wife Grace Martha, daughter of James Kimmins of Stonehouse, Glos. He was educated at…

Zeuss, Johann Kaspar

Zeuss, Johann Kaspar (1806–56), philologist, linguist, and founder of Celtic studies, was born 22 July 1806 in the village of Vogtendorf, near Kronach in Upper Franconia, Germany, fourth among six children of Michael Zeuss, stonemason, and Margaretha Zeuss (neé Hanna). Although he…

Zimmer, Heinrich

Zimmer, Heinrich (1851–1910), philologist, historian, and Celtic scholar, was born 11 December 1851 in Castellaun in the Rhineland, Germany, son of a peasant farmer. After pursuing his early education at Kreuznach, he spent some time at the universities of Strasburg, Tübingen, and…