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Jackman, Isaac

Jackman, Isaac (c.1740–1831), newspaper editor and playwright, was born in Dublin, son of a clerk in the office of the lord mayor; nothing more is known of his family. He qualified as an attorney at King's Inns in 1762 and practised in Dublin for some years before departing…

Jackson, Arabella Jeanette Charlotte Violet Mowbray

Jackson, Arabella Jeanette Charlotte Violet Mowbray (‘Janet ’) (1891–1960), golfer, was born 28 September 1891 in 44 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, second among at least three children born to Howard William (‘Henry’) Jackson (1855–1930), barrister-at-law, originally from Co. Fermanagh,…

Jackson, Elizabeth

Jackson, Elizabeth (c.1740–1781), US patriot and mother of President Andrew Jackson, was born in or near the town of Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim. Her father's name was Hutchinson , but this is all we know for certain of her parents. Some sources claim that his name was Francis…

Jackson, Guy

Jackson, Guy (1921–72), sportsman and company executive, was born 20 September 1921 in Dublin, one of two sons of Arthur Jackson, of England, and Edith Jackson (née Philip). His father had come to Ireland at the turn of the century to work for Arthur Guinness, Son & Co. Ltd in…

Jackson, Henry

Jackson, Henry (1750?–1817), iron founder and United Irishman, was the fourth son in the family of five sons and one daughter of Hugh Jackson (1710?–77) of Creeve, Co. Monaghan, and his wife, Eleanor (née Gault), who belonged to a family engaged in the linen trade, apparently…

Jackson, John Semple

Jackson, John Semple (1920–91), geologist and environmentalist, was born 21 February 1920 in Dublin, fifth child among four sons and two daughters of Francis Robert Jackson, managing director of several businesses in Athy, Co. Kildare, and his wife Annie Elizabeth, youngest…

Jackson, Joseph Devonsher

Jackson, Joseph Devonsher (1783–1857), judge and politician, was born 23 June 1783 in Co. Cork, eldest son of Strettel Jackson, carrier, of Peterborough, Co. Cork, and Mary Jackson (née Cossens). Educated locally by an evangelical protestant minister, he entered…

Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone

Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone (1909–91), Celtic scholar, was born 1 November 1909 at Beddington, Surrey, younger child of Alan Jackson, stockbroker, and his wife, Lucy (née Hurlstone). He was educated at Hillcrest School, Wallington, and Whitgift grammar school, Croydon, where he…

Jackson, Richard

Jackson, Richard (c.1720–1787), lawyer and politician, was born at Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, the only son among three children of Richard Jackson, a wealthy merchant, and Elizabeth Jackson (née Clarke). He entered TCD (1737),…

Jackson, Richard

Jackson, Richard (c.1731–1789), MP and official, probably born in Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, seems to have been the only surviving son of William Jackson and Frances Jackson (née Eyre), who had also two sons who died young, and two daughters. William Jackson held a great…

Jackson, Robert Wyse

Jackson, Robert Wyse (1908–76), clergyman, writer, and artist, was born 12 July 1908 in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, only son of Richard Jackson, a bank manager from Killinane, Co. Kildare, and Belinda Hester Jackson (née Sherlock), of Bandon, Co. Cork. Educated at the Abbey School, Co…

Jackson, Robin

Jackson, Robin (1948–98), loyalist paramilitary, was born in September 1948 in Tullynarry Cottages, Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone, one of seven children of John Jackson, farmhand, and his wife Eileen. As a teenager he participated in Paisleyite demonstrations against the Northern Ireland civil…

Jackson, Thomas

Jackson, Thomas (1807–90), architect, was born in Waterford city, eldest son of Anthony Jackson, a quaker and freeman of the city, who was descended from Anthony Jackson, a quaker who left Lancashire in 1649 and settled in Meath. Thomas was articled to the architect George Dymond in…

Jackson, William

Jackson, William (1737?–95), protestant clergyman, journalist, and revolutionary, was born probably in Ireland, the youngest of the four sons of an official in the prerogative court in Dublin, and his wife (née Gore), both of whom were Irish. The eldest son, Richard, was vicar…

Jacob, Archibald Hamilton

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Jacob, Arthur

Jacob, Arthur (1790–1874), ophthalmologist, medical editor and reformer, was born 13 June 1790 in Knockfin near Maryborough, Queen's Co. (Portlaoise, Co. Laois), grandson of surgeon Michael Jacob, and second son of John Jacob, MD, and Grace…

Jacob, George Newsom

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Jacob, Joshua

Jacob, Joshua (1801–77), quaker reformer and grocer, was born in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, second son of Samuel Watson Jacob, merchant, and Mary Jacob (née Jackson). He was educated at Newtown school, Waterford; in Leeds, Yorkshire; and finally at Ballitore, Co. Kildare. After an…

Jacob, Rosamond

Jacob, Rosamond (1888–1960), suffragist, republican, and writer, was born 13 October 1888 in Waterford city, third child of Louis Jacob (1841–1907) and Henrietta Jacob (née Harvey; 1849–1919). Louis Jacob worked in his father-in-law's house-agent and stockbroking firm in Waterford…

Jacob, William Beale

Jacob, William Beale (1825–1902), businessman, was born 17 August 1825 in Waterford, the eldest of the three children of quakers Isaac Thomas Jacob (d. 23 March 1839), baker, and his wife, Ann, eldest daughter of William Beale, woollen manufacturer, of Mountmellick, Co. Laois. After…

Jaffé, Sir Otto

Jaffé, Sir Otto (1846–1929), businessman and philanthropist, was born 13 August 1846 in Hamburg, Germany, third son among four sons and five daughters of Daniel Joseph Jaffé (1809–74) and his wife Frederiké. Daniel Joseph Jaffé was a merchant in the Hamburg firm of Jaffé Brothers…

James II and VII

James II and VII (1633–1701), duke of York and king of England, Scotland and Ireland, was born at St James's Palace, London, on 14 October 1633, the son of King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria, daughter of King Henry IV of France and sister of Louis XIII. He was the second…

Jameson, Andrew

Jameson, Andrew (1855–1941), distiller, banker, and politician, was born in Alloa, Scotland, the second son of the three sons and one daughter of Andrew Jameson (1812–72), sheriff clerk of Clackmannanshire, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1856), daughter of James Cochrane, merchant, of…

Jameson, Anna Brownell

Jameson, Anna Brownell (1794–1860), writer, feminist, and art historian, the eldest of five daughters of the miniature painter Denis Brownell Murphy (qv) and his English wife, was born 19 May 1794 at the family home on College…

Jameson, James

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