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Campbell, Gertrude Elizabeth

Campbell, Gertrude Elizabeth (née Blood ) (1857–1911), writer, journalist, and critic, was the second daughter of Edmond Maghlin Blood (d. 1891), of Thurloe Square, London, and Brickhill, Co. Clare, and Mary Amy Fergusson (d. 1899), of Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Owing to her father's…

Campbell, Henry James

Campbell, Henry James (1813–89), benefactor of Campbell College, was probably born in Newtownards, Co. Down, second son among two sons and two daughters of Henry Campbell (d. 1814) and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Michael Campbell of Ballyalton, Co. Down. He was apprenticed to…

Campbell, James

Campbell, James (1758–1818), weaver poet, was born in Cairncastle, near Larne, Co. Antrim; nothing is known of his parents. He received some schooling locally, and became a linen weaver. He worked as a journeyman weaver round Ballynure, Co. Antrim, till he married; his wife was…

Campbell, James Henry Mussen

Campbell, James Henry Mussen (1851–1931), 1st Baron Glenavy , lawyer and politician, was born 4 April 1851 at Prospect House, Terenure, Dublin, the third and youngest son of William Mussen Campbell, an officer in the DMP, and his…

Campbell, James Joseph

Campbell, James Joseph (1910–79), educationist, classical scholar, author, and broadcaster, was born 8 March 1910 at 237 New Lodge Road, Belfast, second child of James Campbell, barber, and Bridget Campbell (née McTaggart), whose first child died in infancy, and who later had…

Campbell, John Henry

Campbell, John Henry (1757–1828), landscape painter, was born in Herefordshire, England, the county of origin of both his parents; his mother's maiden name was Beaumont. His father left Herefordshire to enter into a partnership with the Dublin printer…

Campbell, John Patrick (‘Seán’)

Campbell, John Patrick (‘Seán’) (1889–1950), trade unionist, was born 4 March 1889 in Dublin, the son of John Campbell, a labourer, and Isabella Campbell (née Darragh). The family lived at 27 New Bride Street. He was educated at CBS

Campbell, Joseph

Campbell, Joseph (1879–1944), poet and republican, was born 15 July 1879 at Loreto Cottage, Castlereagh Road, Belfast, seventh among ten children of William Henry Campbell (1842–1900), road-building contractor, and Catherine Campbell (née Canmer; d. 1918) of Belfast. From his…

Campbell, Joseph Graham

Campbell, Joseph Graham (1830–91), chess player, also known as ‘J. G. C.’, and called ‘James G. Campbell’ by G. A. Macdonnell, who knew him, was born in May 1830 either in Belfast or in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, and moved to London during childhood. Honing his skills in the Chess and…

Campbell, Lady Agnes

Campbell, Lady Agnes (d. c.1595), lady of Kintyre and Dunyveg , was the daughter of Colin Campbell, 3rd earl of Argyll, and Jean, daughter of Alexander Gordon, 3rd earl of Huntley. Her marriage to James MacDonnell (qv),…

Campbell, Laurence

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Campbell, Lord Frederick

Campbell, Lord Frederick (1729–1816), politician, chief secretary, was born 20 June 1729, third son among four sons and three daughters of John, 4th duke of Argyll, and his wife Mary, daughter of John, 2nd Lord Belleden. Educated at Westminster (1743–6) and Christ Church, Oxford (…

Campbell, Michael Mussen

Campbell, Michael Mussen (1924–84), 4th Baron Glenavy , author and journalist, was born 25 October 1924 in Dublin, second son of Charles Henry Gordon Campbell (qv) (1885–1963) and his wife…

Campbell, Patrick Gordon

Campbell, Patrick Gordon (1913–80), 3rd Baron Glenavy , journalist, wit, and television personality, was born 6 June 1913 in Dublin, the eldest of the three children (two sons and a daughter) of Gordon Campbell (qv) and his…

Campbell, Robert

Campbell, Robert (1804–79), trader, businessman, and philanthropist, was born 12 February 1804 on a 180-acre farm at Aghalane, near Plumbridge in the Glenelly valley, Co. Tyrone, the youngest of four sons and two daughters of Hugh Campbell (c.1748–1810) and his second…

Campbell, Sir Cecil James Henry

Campbell, Sir Cecil James Henry (1891–1952), company director, sportsman, and soldier, was born 4 May 1891, the second son of James Henry Mussen Campbell (qv), 1st Baron Glenavy, and his wife Emily (née McCullough).…

Campbell, Sir Henry

Campbell, Sir Henry (1856–1924), secretary to Charles Stewart Parnell, MP, and town clerk of Dublin, was born at Kilcoo, Co. Down, second son of Patrick Campbell and his wife, Margaret (née Boden). He began his career as a grocer's assistant at Newry but soon moved to Newcastle…

Campbell, Sir John

Campbell, Sir John (1862–1929), surgeon and MP, was born in 1862, the eldest son of Robert Campbell (d. 1894), non-subscribing presbyterian minister at Templepatrick, Co. Antrim, and his wife, née Simpson, of Cogry, Ballyclare. He attended school at Holywood, Co. Down, and at the…

Campbell, Thomas

Campbell, Thomas (1733–95), Church of Ireland clergyman and miscellaneous writer, was born at Glack, Co. Tyrone, on 4 May 1733, the eldest son of the Rev. Moses Campbell (1695?–1772) and his wife, Elizabeth (née Johnston) of Tully, Co. Monaghan. He entered…

Campbell, Thomas

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Campbell, Thomas Joseph

Campbell, Thomas Joseph (1871–1946), journalist, lawyer, and politician, was born 14 December 1871 in Divis St., Belfast, son of Joseph Campbell, stationer, originally of Maghery, Co. Armagh, and Sarah Campbell (née Morrow) of Dromore, Co. Down. Educated at St Mary's…

Campbell, William

Campbell, William (1727–1805), presbyterian minister and scholar, was born 9 November 1727, one of the three sons of Robert Campbell, a merchant of Newry, and his second wife, Mary, daughter of Robert Murdoch of Newry. He matriculated to the University of Glasgow in 1744. He was…

Campion, Edmund

Campion, Edmund (1540–81), Jesuit, writer, and martyr, was born in London on 25 January 1540, the son of a bookseller. He attended Christ's Hospital and then St John's College, Oxford, graduating BA in 1561 and MA…

Campsie, Henry

Campsie, Henry (fl. 1687–93), defender of Derry city, was apparently one of at least six children of John Campsie, a merchant in Derry, who died in 1689 while mayor. John Campsie had been mayor of the protestant corporation in 1688; when the catholic-dominated corporation…

Candy, Joseph Phelan

Candy, Joseph Phelan (1895–1960), engineer, was born in Derry 7 July 1895, one of the sons among at least three sons and two daughters of James Candy, stationmaster at Waterside railway station, and his wife Mary Catherine (née Gribbon). The family lived at the Station House,…