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Halliday, Fred (Simon Frederick Peter)

Halliday, Fred (Simon Frederick Peter) (1946–2009), academic, writer and public intellectual, was born on 22 February 1946 in Dublin, the youngest of three sons of Arthur Halliday, a quaker shoe manufacturer, and Margaret Mary 'Rita' Halliday (née Finigan), of Dundalk. He was educated…

Hallissy, Timothy

Hallissy, Timothy (1869–1958), geologist, was born 8 November 1869 in Garrycloyne, Blarney, Co. Cork, eldest among three sons and two daughters of John Hallissy, tenant farmer, and his first wife Mary Hallissy (née O'Shea). His father had tenancy (1855) of 186 acres, of which he got…

Hall, John

Hall, John (1829–98), presbyterian minister, was born 31 July 1829 in Ballygorman, Co. Armagh, eldest among eight children of William Hall, farmer and an elder in the presbyterian church, and Rachel Hall (née Macgowan). John was sent to a local school at Loughgilly and at the age…

Halloran (O'Halloran), Laurence Hynes

Halloran (O'Halloran), Laurence Hynes (1765–1831), schoolmaster, clergyman, writer, and forger, was born 29 December 1765 in Co. Meath. Orphaned while still a young child, he was raised by his uncle, Judge William Gregory, before attending Westminster School. In 1785 he opened a…

Hall, Samuel Carter

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Halpin, George

Halpin, George (1774×1779–1854), civil engineer and lighthouse designer, was probably born in Leinster. Little is known of his life before his appointment (1800) by the ballast board (Dublin's port authority, which replaced the ballast office in 1786) as its engineer or inspector of…

Halpin (Halpine), Charles Graham

Halpin (Halpine), Charles Graham (1829–68), writer and journalist, was born 20 November 1829 at Oldcastle, Co. Meath, son of the Rev. Nicholas John Halpin (qv), clergyman and newspaper editor, and Anne Halpin (née Grehan). Educated…

Halpin, Nicholas John

Halpin, Nicholas John (1790–1850), clergyman and writer, was born 18 October 1790 at Portarlington, Queen's Co. (Laois), son of William Halpin, gentleman. He entered TCD in 1810 and, in a distinguished career there, showed a talent for…

Halpin, Robert Charles

Halpin, Robert Charles (1836–94), sea captain, was born 16 February 1836 at Wicklow town, the youngest of thirteen children of James Halpin, tavern owner, and his wife, Anne Halpin (née Halbert). Educated locally at Leitrim Place, he left school at the age of eleven, with the…

Halpin, William G.

Halpin, William G. (1824–92), Fenian, was born in May 1824 in Nobber, Co. Meath, son of John Halpin and his wife Sally. After studying civil engineering in Dublin, he left for the USA, arriving in New York on 28 October 1847. Shortly thereafter he settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, where…

Haly, James

Haly, James (1764?–1850), catholic printer, publisher, bookseller, and educator, was born in Cork city, son of Simon O'Grady Haly of Ballyhaly, Co. Cork, and Anne Haly (née Barry) of Leamlara in the same county. His brother John was later knighted for his achievements in medicine…

Haly, Robert

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Hamilton, Andrew

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Hamilton, Andrew

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Hamilton, Anthony (Antoine)

Hamilton, Anthony (Antoine) (1646?–1720), Jacobite, soldier and man of letters, was probably born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, third son of Sir George Hamilton and his wife Mary Butler, third daughter of Thomas, Viscount Thurles, and a sister of…

Hamilton, Archibald

Hamilton, Archibald (1580?–1659?), Church of Ireland archbishop of Cashel, was second son of Sir Claud Hamilton of Cochnough, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, and his wife Margaret, daughter of Robert Betoun of Creich. He was educated at Glasgow University, graduating…

Hamilton, Charles

Hamilton, Charles (1753?–1792), orientalist, was born, probably in 1753, in Belfast, the only son of Charles Hamilton (although according to Alexander Gordon (1841–1931) his father was James Hamilton and his grandfather was Charles), merchant in Belfast, and Katherine Hamilton (née…

Hamilton, Charles

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Hamilton, Edwin

Hamilton, Edwin (1849–1919), writer and editor, was born 14 April 1849, the only son of the Rev. Hugh Hamilton (1811–84), curate (1840–50) of Balbriggan and vicar (1844–72) of Balscadden, both in Co. Dublin, and his wife, Charlotte Mary, daughter of the Rev. Henry Ormsby. He was…

Hamilton, Elizabeth

Hamilton, Elizabeth (1758–1816), writer, was born 25 July 1758 in Belfast, the youngest child of Charles Hamilton, a merchant from an old Scottish family, the Hamiltons of Woodhall, and his wife Katherine (Mackay) Hamilton (d. 1767) of Dublin. She had one sister, Katharine, and one…

Hamilton, Elizabeth (‘La Belle Hamilton’)

Hamilton, Elizabeth (‘La Belle Hamilton’) (c.1640–1708), countess of Grammont, courtier , was born at Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, the eldest daughter of Sir George Hamilton (d. 1679), 1st baronet, fourth son of James, 1st earl of Abercorn; her mother was Mary, third daughter…

Hamilton, Eva Henrietta

Hamilton, Eva Henrietta (1876–1960) and Laetitia Marion (‘May’) (1878–1964), painters, were the eldest and second daughters respectively among eight surviving children of Charles Robert Hamilton (1846–1913), landowner and JP for Co. Meath,…

Hamilton, Frederick

Hamilton, Frederick (d. 1732), general and politician, has been stated to be a son of Frederick Hamilton, a gentleman with an estate at Somerset near Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, and his second wife Mary. Another reliable authority however makes him the second son of Archibald…

Hamilton, George Alexander

Hamilton, George Alexander (1802–71), politician, was born 29 August 1802 at Tyrellas, Co. Down, elder son among two sons and one daughter of the Rev. George Hamilton, of Hampton Hall, Co. Dublin, and Anna Hamilton (née Pepper). His grandfather was George Hamilton, baron of the…

Hamilton, Gerard Edwin Hamilton Barrett-

Hamilton, Gerard Edwin Hamilton Barrett- (1871–1913), zoologist, was born in India of an Irish father, Capt. Samuel Barrett of Dublin, and Laura Barrett (née Thomson) of York, England. The family returned to Ireland to live at Kilmanock, Co. Wexford, when he was aged three years. He…