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Dawson, Charles

Dawson, Charles (1842–1917), businessman, MP and civic reformer, was born in Limerick city, son of Michael Dawson, baker and long-serving Limerick alderman, and his wife Maryanne (née Clarke), also of Limerick. Dawson's father appears to have been responsible for the foundation of the…

Dawson, George Robert

Dawson, George Robert (1790–1856), politician, was born 24 December 1790 at Rutland Square, Dublin, second but eldest surviving son among six sons and five daughters of Arthur Dawson (1745–1822) of Castledawson, Dublin banker and politician, and his wife Catherine, daughter of…

Dawson, George William Percy

Dawson, George William Percy (1927–2004), geneticist, art lover and philanthropist, was born 7 August 1927 in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England, the only child of Percy John Fritz Stanley Dawson, fishmonger, and his wife Edith Helen (née Fildes). Education He was…

Dawson, Joshua

Dawson, Joshua (1660?–1725), government official and property developer, was born c.1660, the third of four sons of Thomas Dawson (1630?–1683), deputy commissary of musters of the army, who in 1657 purchased from the heirs of Sir…

Dawson, Michael John

Dawson, Michael John (1865–1926), jockey, horse breeder, and trainer, was born 10 September 1865 in Kildare town, son of Andrew Dawson, jarvey (cab driver), and Eliza Dawson (née White) from Kildare. He was initially apprenticed as a jockey to Pat Connolly, a friend of his father,…

Dawson, Richard Cecil

Dawson, Richard Cecil (1865–1955), trainer and breeder of racehorses, was born 27 November 1865 in the Curragh, Co. Kildare, the son of Richard Cuming Dawson, who also trained and bred racehorses, and Eleanor Dawson (née Waters). He was educated at the Santry School and Trinity…

Dawson, William

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Dawson, William Richard

Dawson, William Richard (1864–1950), doctor, was born 11 September 1864 at Stramore, Gilford, Co. Down, elder son among two sons and several daughters of the Rev. Abraham Dawson (1826–1905), clergyman, and Charity Dawson (née Wade). He was educated at the Royal School, Dungannon,…

Day, Beauchamp Rochfort

Day, Beauchamp Rochfort (1881–p.1946?), professional runner, was born 25 December 1881 at 14 Clarinda Park North, Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire), Co. Dublin, son of Beauchamp John Day, gentleman, and Geraldine Isabella Day (née Rochfort). He was educated locally at Corrig School…

Day, Robert

Day, Robert (1746–1841), politician, judge, and diarist, was born 1 July 1746 at Lohercannon, near Tralee, Co. Kerry, the third son in a family of five sons and two daughters of the Rev. John Day (1711–81), chancellor of Ardfert, and his wife Lucy, a daughter of Maurice FitzGerald…

Day, Susanne Rouvier

Day, Susanne Rouvier (1876–1964), writer and suffragist, was born 24 April 1876 at her parents' residence in Sidney Place, Cork city, one of four daughters (among eight children) of Robert Day (1836–1914), a prominent Cork businessman and noted antiquarian, and Rebecca Day (née…

Deakin, James Aubrey

Deakin, James Aubrey (1874–1952), Irish-language and republican activist, was born 19 June 1874 at Mount Auburn, Richmond Road, Drumcondra, Dublin, one of at least three sons and five daughters of James Deakin, commercial traveller, native of Birmingham, England, and Mary Anne…

Deale, Edgar Martin

Deale, Edgar Martin (1902–99), composer and civil activist, was born 1 August 1902 in Dublin, the first of four children of Edwin Deale (1870–1948), paper merchant, of Dublin, and his wife, Minnie (née Martin; 1880–1939), from Killorglin, Co. Kerry. Of his three brothers,…

Deale, Kenneth Edwin Lee

Deale, Kenneth Edwin Lee (1907–74), barrister, judge, and author, was born 17 January 1907, third son of four children of Edwin Lee Deale (d. 1948), stationer and merchant, of 11 Effra Road, Rathmines, Dublin, and Mary (‘Minnie Hill’) Deale (née Martin; d. 1939) of Co. Kerry. The…

Deane, Anne (Duff)

Deane, Anne (Duff) (c.1834–1905), businesswoman, philanthropist, and nationalist, was born at Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon, the daughter of Joseph Duff and Monica Duff (née Dillon), a younger sister of the Young Irelander,

Deane, Joseph

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Deane, Joseph

Deane, Joseph (1624–99), army officer and revenue farmer, was born at Pinnock in Gloucestershire, youngest of the four sons of Edward Deane, a landed gentleman, and his second wife, Anne Deane (née Wase), a relative of Oliver Cromwell (…

Deane, Sir Thomas

Deane, Sir Thomas (1792–1871), architect, and his son Sir Thomas Newenham (T. N. ) Deane (1828–99), architect, were the most noted members of a family of builders and architects, originally established in Cork in the eighteenth century, but based in Dublin from the 1850s to the…

Deane, Thomas Manly

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Deane, Thomas Newenham (T. N. T N)

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Dean, Hugh Primrose

Dean, Hugh Primrose (1746–84), landscape painter, was one of the three sons of Alexander Dean and Grizell Kennedy of Donaghadee, Co. Down, both of Scottish descent. The family moved to Kinsale, Co. Cork. Dean is recorded as living with his brother, David, a carpenter and builder, in…

Dease, Matthew O'Reilly

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Dease, Maurice James

Dease, Maurice James (1889–1914), soldier, first VC of the first world war, was born 28 September 1889, only son of Edmund Fitzlaurence Dease, JP, of Coole, Co. Westmeath, and Katherine Dease (née Murray…

Dease, Richard

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Dease, Thomas (Déis, Tomás)

Dease, Thomas (Déis, Tomás) (c. 1568–1651/2), catholic bishop of Meath and poet in Irish, was second of three sons of Richard Dease of Turbotstown, Co. Westmeath, and his wife Lady Eleanor Nugent of Carlanstown, Co. Meath. He was closely related to the Nugents of Delvin…