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Bailey, Wellesley Cosby

Bailey, Wellesley Cosby (1846–1937), worker for leprosy sufferers, was born 28 April 1846 near Abbeyleix, Queen's Co. (Laois), his father being agent to a local estate. He was educated at Kilkenny College. Having been unsuccessful in attempts to make a career in Australia and New…

Bailey, William Frederick

Bailey, William Frederick (1857–1917), lawyer, public servant and littérateur, was born 9 February 1857 at Castletown Conyers, Co. Limerick, eldest of two sons and three daughters of Dr William Bailey, retired from the Royal Navy, and his wife Annie (née Harding) from Cherry Hill,…

Baillie (Bailie), James Kennedy

Baillie (Bailie), James Kennedy (1793?–1864), classicist and protestant clergyman, was the son of the Rev. Nicholas Ward Kennedy, a schoolmaster, and grandson of James Kennedy, a medical man in Co. Down. He entered TCD aged fourteen (1807…

Baillie, George L.

Baillie, George L. (d. 1922), pioneer of Irish golf, was born in Musselburgh, Scotland; nothing is known about his parentage or early life except that he played golf from childhood at the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club. He taught English in Scotland before serving (1880–90) as head…

Baillie, William

Baillie, William (1723–1810), printmaker and art dealer, was born 11 June 1723 at Kilbride, Co. Carlow, the second son of the upholsterer Robert Baillie of Celbridge, Co. Kildare, and his wife Susanna (née Antrobus). After his education at Dr…

Baily, William Hellier

Baily, William Hellier (1819–88), palaeontologist and artist, was born 7 July 1819 in Bristol, England, into a family of carvers and sculptors. He was curatorial assistant of Bristol museum (1837–44); served the Geological Survey of Great Britain as draughtsman (1844), assistant…

Baines, Thomas O'Malley

Baines, Thomas O'Malley (1844–99), Fenian, was born near Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, son of a couple named Baines, of whom no more is known. His father died soon after his birth. In 1848 Mrs Baines with her two children were evicted from their holding as part of the famine clearances on…

Bain, John Alexander

Bain, John Alexander (1861–1947), presbyterian minister and theologian, was born at Galway 22 June 1861. He was educated at QCG and at Assembly's College, Belfast, and obtained an MA of the…

Baird, Ernest Austin

Baird, Ernest Austin (1930–2003), unionist politician and businessman, was born 13 June 1930 in Ballycrampsie, on the Malin peninsula in Co. Donegal, son of Samuel Baird, a farmer, and his wife Rachel (née Fulton); he had two sisters. In 1953 the family moved to Belfast. Although Baird…

Baird, George Courtenay

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Baird, Mary (Frances Josephine)

Baird, Mary (Frances Josephine) (1907–2009), nurse and health service administrator, was born 22 May 1907 in Belfast, the sixth of nine children (four boys and five girls) of Robert Baird, originally from Donegal, an RIC constable, and his wife Frances Harriet (née Hogan), from…

Baird, Robert Hugh Hanley

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Baird, Robert William

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Baird, William

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Baird, William Savage

Baird, William Savage (1824–86) and George Courtenay Baird (1833–75), printers and newspaper proprietors, were brothers, natives of Randalstown, Co. Antrim; they had at least one other brother, Thomas Drew Baird (d. 1890), who joined the business after George Baird died. Both William…

Bairéad, Riocard (Barrett, Dick)

Bairéad, Riocard (Barrett, Dick) (d. 1819), poet in Irish, was born between 1735 and 1740 in Barrack, Belmullet, Co. Mayo, on the Erris peninsula. He appears to have remained in the district for his entire life, moving only to Carne, a neighbouring parish, possibly c.1790.…

Bairéad, Tomás

Bairéad, Tomás (1893–1973), short-story writer and journalist, was born 7 July 1893 in Baile Dóite, Moycullen, Co. Galway, one of two sons and two daughters of Michael Barrett, farmer, and Mary (Mary Frank) Barrett (née McDonough), both of Moycullen, and received his only formal…

Baíthéne (Conín)

Baíthéne (Conín) (c.536–600), son of Brénainn, was second abbot of Iona in succession to Colum Cille (qv), to whom he was a first cousin and foster-son (alumnus). Our primary source for the life of Baíthéne is…

Baker, Col. Henry

Baker, Col. Henry (c.1640–1689), governor of Londonderry, was a lieutenant in the Irish army after the restoration; details of his parents are not known. On being dismissed during the administration of the earl of Tyrconnell (qv…

Baker, George

Baker, George (c.1608–1665), clergyman, was born in St Patrick's parish, Dublin; his parents’ names are not known. Educated at TCD, he graduated BA (1629) and

Baker, Henry Aaron

Baker, Henry Aaron (1753–1836), architect, was educated at the Dublin Society's school of architectural drawing (1777), winning a silver medal (1779), and was apprenticed to Thomas Ivory (qv). He became (c.1786) assistant to…

Baker, John Wynn

Baker, John Wynn (1726/7–1775), agricultural improver, was born in New York but lived in Lancashire until about 1761, when he settled in Ireland. In 1763 he took a farm at Loughlinstown, near Celbridge, Co. Kildare. He was the author of several pamphlets, the first of which,

Bald, William

Bald, William (1789?–1857), civil engineer and surveyor, was born and educated in Burntisland, Fife, Scotland. His mother's name was Grizel Bell; he had at least one sister, who inherited property in the town. He left school aged 12 and was apprenticed to John Ainslie in Edinburgh.…

Baldwin, Richard

Baldwin, Richard (1668?–1758), provost of TCD (1717–58), was born in Athy, Co. Carlow (sic in Alumni Dubl.), son of Richard Baldwin, a gentleman of Athy. Educated at Kilkenny school under Mr Hinton, he entered TCD aged…

Bale, John

Bale, John (1495–1563), protestant writer and Church of Ireland bishop of Ossory, was born 21 November 1495 in the village of Cove, near Dunwich, Suffolk, England. He entered the Carmelite house at Norwich and began studying at Cambridge (probably Jesus College) in 1514, and was…