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Young, Ella

Young, Ella (1867–1956), poet, republican, and mystic, was born 26 December 1867 in the townland of Fenagh, near Ballymena, Co. Antrim, eldest of at least five daughters of James Bristow Young and his wife, Matilda (née Russell), whose family were from Fenagh and who was a Reformed…

Young, Henry

Young, Henry (1786–1869), catholic priest, was born in Dublin on 8 June 1786, the second son and third child in the family of Charles Young (qv) and his wife, Margaret (née Hevey). After two or three years as a boarder at a catholic…

Young (Henry), Mabel Florence

Young (Henry), Mabel Florence (1889–1974), artist, was born 18 August 1889, youngest of seven children of William Henry Young , owner of a coaching business, of 3 Union St., Ryde, Isle of Wight, and Emma Young. She was educated in Ryde, but, with her father's business adversely…

Young, James Edward (‘Jim’)

Young, James Edward (‘Jim’) (1915–92), hurler and all-round sportsman, was born 16 October 1915 in Ballyboy, Dunmanway, Co. Cork, eldest among fifteen children of John (‘Jack’) Young, national school principal and holder of an All-Ireland hurling medal with Cork in 1911, and…

Young, James (‘Jimmy’)

Young, James (‘Jimmy’) (1918–74), comedian and actor, was born in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Fernwood St. in the Ormeau district of Belfast, where his father had secured a job looking after the stables for Inglis's bakery. On leaving school…

Young, Joseph Samuel

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Young, Mary ('Jenny Diver')

Young, Mary ('Jenny Diver') (c.1704–41), notorious pickpocket and head of a criminal gang, was born c.1704 in the north of Ireland. There are no extant records relating to Young's early life so most accounts rely on the text published by James Guthrie, The…

Young, Mary Ursula

Young, Mary Ursula (1783–1830), Ursuline nun and writer, was born 9 October 1783 at Dublin, the eldest child of Charles Young (qv), merchant, and his wife Margaret Young (née Hervey). They were a devout family: four of Mary's brothers…

Young, Matthew

Young, Matthew (1750–1800), clergyman, Irish scholar, and natural philosopher, was born 3 October 1750 at Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, fourth son of Owen Young, a minor landowner who impoverished his family through dissolute habits, and Olivia Maria Young (née Bell). He was educated…

Young, Peter

Young, Peter (1950–99), soldier and archivist, was born 16 June 1950 at Holles St. maternity hospital, Dublin, second son of Peter Young, army commandant (originally of Cork) and Mary Young (née Condon), living at 29 Skreen Road, off Navan Road, near McKee Barracks, Dublin. He had…

Young, Robert

Young, Robert (1800–p.1867), poet, known as ‘Fermanagh True Blue’, was born at or near Fintona, Co. Tyrone, into humble circumstances. He described himself as ‘an almost illiterate journeyman nailor’ (Orange minstrel, xvi) and was resentful all his life of his lack…

Young, Robert

Young, Robert (1822–1917), architect, was born 22 February 1822 in Donegall St., Belfast, third son of James Young (d. 1846) from Dundrod, Co. Antrim, a prosperous presbyterian linen manufacturer and woollen merchant and wholesaler; the firm he founded in Belfast was still in…

Young, Robert Magill

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Young, Rose Maud (Ní Ó hÓgain, Róis)

Young, Rose Maud (Ní Ó hÓgain, Róis) (1865–1947), Irish-language scholar, was born 30 October 1865 in Galgorm Castle, near Ballymena, Co. Antrim, fifth daughter among seven daughters and five sons of John Young (1826–1915) and his first wife, Grace (née Savage). John Young was a…

Young, Samuel

Young, Samuel (1822–1918), businessman and MP, was born 14 February 1822 in Dunavaly, Portaferry, Co. Down, third son of Samuel Young, farmer, and his wife Sarah, daughter of Arthur Black of Ballyhaft, near Newtownards. Samuel was educated locally and at the Old College, Belfast,…

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…