Biographies A-Z

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Barry, Vincent Christopher

Barry, Vincent Christopher (1908–75), chemist, was born at Cork on 17 May 1908, the youngest in the family of seven sons and four daughters of a post office official, James Barry, and his wife, Agnes (née Stack), daughter of a small businessman. After a schooling by the Christian…

Barry, William

Barry, William (1841–75), journalist, was born in Co. Cork, one of at least two sons, probably of an innkeeper. After an apprenticeship on a Cork newspaper, he worked in Dublin and subsequently in London (1865), where, arriving quite unknown, he quickly established himself,…

Barry, William Gerard

Barry, William Gerard (1864–1941), landscape and portrait painter, was born in Ballyadam, Carrigtohill, Co. Cork, where his father, Patrick Barry, was a local magistrate. Though not academically gifted, he showed a talent for drawing early on, and having left his local school, he…

Barry, William Maol

Barry, William Maol (c.1293–1373), landholder and dynast, son of David Barry (d. 1347), sheriff of Cork, was the founder of the line of Barry Roe; his sobriquet means ‘the bald’. With his father, he attempted to withstand the MacCarthy pressure upon the Barry lands in west…

Barter, Richard Berkely

Barter, Richard Berkely (1802–70), hydropathic doctor, was born at Cooldaniel, Co. Cork, fifth son among seven children of Richard Barter and Elizabeth Barter (née Berkely). He trained at the London (later Royal) College of Physicians and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons…

Bartlett (Barthelet), Richard

Bartlett (Barthelet), Richard (d. 1603?), cartographer, of Norfolk, England, may have been related to Thomas Berthelet (c.1490–1555), king's printer under Henry VIII, or to Edward Barthelet of Attleborough (d. 1605). He is thought to have taken part in the Ulster and…

Bartlett, William

Bartlett, William (1809–54), topographical draughtsman, was born 26 March 1809 in Kentish Town, London; nothing is known of his parents. In 1823 he was articled to the topographer and antiquarian, John Britton (1771–1857). During the seven years of his apprenticeship thirty-nine of…

Bartley, Gerald (Gerry)

Bartley, Gerald (Gerry) (1898–1975), politician, was born 12 June 1898 in Cloghan RIC barracks, Co. Mayo, son of John Bartley, RIC sergeant, and Ann Bartley (née Costello). He was educated at Clifden, Co. Galway, and O'Connell's School,…

Bartley, Patrick Joseph Plunkett Sheridan

Bartley, Patrick Joseph Plunkett Sheridan (1878–1948), journalist and local government official, was born 6 May 1878, son of William Bartley, farmer, and Mary Bartley (née Plunkett) of Prospect House, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan. Little is known of his early years, but he was said to…

Barton, Arthur Henry ('Harry')

Barton, Arthur Henry ('Harry') (1916–2006), naval officer, writer, broadcaster, and public figure in Northern Ireland, was born 13 January 1916 in Belfast, only son of Arthur Willis Barton (qv), then Church of Ireland curate in…

Barton, Arthur Willis

Barton, Arthur Willis (1881–1962), Church of Ireland archbishop of Dublin, was born in Dublin 1 June 1881, son of Arthur Robinson Barton, rector of St Paul's, Dublin, and Annie Barton (née Hayes), and was educated at St Columba's College, Dublin, and…

Barton, Frederick (Derick)

Barton, Frederick (Derick) (1900–93), athlete, farmer, and political activist, was born in London on 19 June 1900, the eldest son of Bertram Hugh Barton and his wife, Lilian (née Carden). The Barton family had lived in Ireland since Elizabethan times and built Straffan House, Co.…

Barton, Hugh

Barton, Hugh (1766–1854), wine merchant and vineyard owner, grandson of Thomas Barton (qv) and fourth of six sons of William Barton (1723–92) of Grove, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, and his wife, Grace, was born on 8 January 1766 in Limerick at…

Barton, James

Barton, James (1826–1913), civil engineer, was born in 1826 in Dublin, eldest of eight children of John Barton, merchant and governor of the Bank of Ireland, and Jane Barton (née Culley). In 1843 he was one of the first two graduates to qualify with a diploma from the newly…

Barton, Mary (‘Molly’) Georgina

Barton, Mary (‘Molly’) Georgina (1861–1949) artist, was born 3 April 1861 at Dundalk, Co. Louth, second daughter (and youngest of seven children) of James Barton (qv), civil engineer, of Stillorgan Rd, Dublin, and Catherine Frances Barton…

Barton, Robert Childers

Barton, Robert Childers (1881–1975), agriculturist and revolutionary, was born 14 March 1881, eldest son of Charles William Barton, DL, landowner, of Glendalough House, Annamoe, Co. Wicklow, and Agnes Alexandra Frances, fourth daughter of the…

Barton, Rose

Barton, Rose (1856–1929), painter, was born 21 April 1856 in Dublin, the second daughter of Augustine Hugh Barton, a wealthy lawyer and country gentleman of Rochestown, Co Tipperary, and Emily Barton (formerly McCalmont, née Martin) of Ross, Co. Galway. Rose was a cousin of the…

Barton, Sir Dunbar Plunket

Barton, Sir Dunbar Plunket (1853–1937), lawyer, politician, judge, and author, was born 29 October 1853 in Merrion Square, Dublin, eldest child of Thomas Henry Barton (d. 1878), BL, DMP magistrate…

Barton, Sir John George

Barton, Sir John George (1850–1937), engineer and surveyor, was born 13 October 1850 (possibly in Dundalk, Co. Louth), eldest son of James Barton (qv), a prominent engineer. John was one of the seven children of James Barton's first…

Barton, Thomas

Barton, Thomas (1695–1780), wine merchant and property owner, was born at Curraghmore, Co. Fermanagh, on 21 December 1695, the eldest son of William Barton and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Dickson of Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. After being ‘bred up a merchant’ by his uncles…

Barton, William

This is a co-subject for the entry on Barton, Thomas. View the original entry.

Bastable, Charles Francis

Bastable, Charles Francis (1855–1945), economist and academic, was born in Charleville, Co. Cork, the only son of the Rev. Robert Bastable, rector of Knock Temple and Kilbolane, and his wife Louisa, daughter of a Dr Little of Sligo. Educated at Fermoy College and…

Bates, Daisy May

Bates, Daisy May (1859–1951), welfare worker for Aborigines, anthropologist, and eccentric, was born 21 October 1859 in Roscrea, Co. Tipperay, third among six children of James Dwyer , catholic tradesman and blacksmith, and Bridget Dwyer (née Hunt). Her twin brother, Francis, died…

Bates, John Dawson

This is a co-subject for the entry on Bates, Sir (Richard) Dawson. View the original entry.

Bates, Sir David Robert

Bates, Sir David Robert (1916–94), theoretical physicist and founder member of the Alliance party, was born 18 November 1916 at Omagh, Co. Tyrone, second surviving child among four children of Walter Vivian Bates, pharmacist, from Mountrath, Queen's Co. (Laois), and Mary Olive Bates…