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Johnston, William

Johnston, William (1818–94), presbyterian minister and philanthropist, was born 2 January 1818 at his maternal grandfather's home, Crieve House, near Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, the eldest child of the Rev. John Johnston (qv) (d. 1862) of…

Johnston, William

Johnston, William , (1829–1902), politician, was born at Downpatrick, Co. Down, 22 February 1829, the eldest of seven children of John Brett Johnston (d. 1853), a landowner, and Thomasina Ann Brunette Johnston (née Scott). He attended the Diocesan School at Downpatrick and then…

Johnston, (William) Denis

Johnston, (William) Denis (1901–84), playwright, was born 18 June 1901 in Ballsbridge, Dublin, the only child of William John Johnston (qv), barrister (later a supreme court judge), and his wife, Kathleen (née King), teacher and…

Johnston, William John

Johnston, William John (1868–1940), barrister and judge, was born on 18 January 1868 near Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry, the eldest son of the seven children of James Johnston, merchant, and his wife, Sarah (née Davidson), of Belfast. The family motto was semper paratus. He…

Joly, Charles Jasper

Joly, Charles Jasper (1864–1906), mathematician and astronomer, was born 27 June 1864 at St Catherine's rectory, Tullamore, King's Co. (Offaly), eldest among three sons and two daughters of John Swift Joly, rector, and Elizabeth Joly (née Slator). His great-grandfather Jean Jasper…

Joly, Jaspar Robert

Joly, Jaspar Robert (1819–92), book collector, was born at Hollywood House, Brackagh, Clonbulloge, King's Co. (Offaly), on 26 May 1819, the eldest of three sons of Henry Edward Joly (1784–1852), a clergyman, and his wife Martha, daughter of Robert Revelle of Hartwill, Co. Wicklow…

Joly, John

Joly, John (1857–1933), geologist, was born 1 November 1857 in Hollywood House (the Rectory), Bracknagh, King's Co. (Offaly), third and youngest son of John Plunket Joly, rector of Clonbullogue, and Julia Anna Maria Georgina Joly (born the comtesse de Lusi). Educated at Rathmines…

Jonas

Jonas (d. p.659), monk and biographer of Columbanus (qv), Atalanus, and later abbots of Bobbio, was born at Susa, Piedmont in northern Italy. He entered Bobbio c.617/18 and remained there till c.

Jones, Arthur

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Jones, Francis William Doyle

Jones, Francis William Doyle (1873–1938), sculptor, was born 11 November 1873 in West Hartlepool, Co. Durham, of Irish parents. He studied sculpture in London under the tuition of Edouard Lanteri (1848–1917), the first professor of modelling at the South Kensington Art Schools (…

Jones, Frederick Edward

Jones, Frederick Edward (1759–1834), theatre manager, was born at Vesington, Co. Meath, into a prosperous protestant family; no other details of his background are available. Educated in Ireland and then on the Continent, he returned to Ireland c.1793 to run the Music Hall…

Jones, Gerard (‘Gerry’)

Jones, Gerard (‘Gerry’) (1919–99), civil servant, company director, and political activist, was born 15 June 1919 in Bandon, Co. Cork, seventh child of Timothy Jones, of Bandon, builder and company director, and Mary Jones (née Keon). Educated at Rockwell College, Cashel, Co. Tipperary…

Jones, Henry

Jones, Henry (1605–82), churchman, was eldest of five sons of Lewis Jones (qv), bishop of Killaloe, and Mabel Ussher, daughter of Arland Ussher and his wife Margaret Stanihurst of Dublin. Henry entered…

Jones, Henry

Jones, Henry (1721–70), poet and dramatist, was born at Beaulieu (or Bewley) near Drogheda, Co. Louth; nothing is known of his parents. He was from humble origins and started life as a bricklayer before his literary abilities were cultivated by local gentlemen. It is likely that he…

Jones, Henry MacNaughton

Jones, Henry MacNaughton (1845–1918), doctor, was born in Cork city, son of William Thomas Jones, MD, and Helen MacNaughton Jones. He was educated at QCC, graduating MD (1864),…

Jones, Jane

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Jones, John Edward

Jones, John Edward (1806–62), sculptor, was born 2 May 1806 in Dublin, son of Edward Jones (c.1775–1862), miniature-painter, of Chatham St., Dublin; his mother's name is unknown. His father was a regular exhibitor in Dublin and became secretary of the Hibernian Society of…

Jones, Lady Katherine

Jones, Lady Katherine (1615–91), Viscountess Ranelagh , woman of letters, was born 22 March 1615 in Youghal, Co. Cork, fifth daughter in a family of fifteen children of Richard Boyle (qv), 1st earl of Cork, and…

Jones, Lewis

Jones, Lewis (c.1560–1646), churchman, was born in Merionethshire, Wales, and attended Brasenose College, Oxford, from which he graduated in February 1581. His arrival in Ireland is not recorded. By 1605, when Lord Deputy

Jones, Liam

Jones, Liam (1935–2000), stockbroker, was born 6 October 1935 in Liverpool, England, second son of two sons of William Jones and Molly Jones (née Barry), teacher, of Dublin. Following the death of his father (1936) shortly after his birth, the family returned to Dublin (1936)…

Jones, Mary Harris (‘Mother Jones’)

Jones, Mary Harris (‘Mother Jones’) (1837?–1930), union organiser, was (according to baptismal records) born in July 1837 in Cork city; however, the year is disputed. Many details of her life come from her autobiography, The autobiography of Mother Jones (1925; 1974). She…

Jones, Mary Latchford (Kingsmill)

Jones, Mary Latchford (Kingsmill) (1877–1968), public representative, was born on 28 June 1877 at 3 Wodehouse Terrace, North Circular Road, Dublin, the daughter of Percival Jones (1839–1906), a Dublin merchant and committed freemason, and Margaret Jones (née Williams) (1846–1920),…

Jones, Michael

Jones, Michael (d. 1649), parliamentarian soldier, was the younger son of Lewis Jones (qv), bishop of Killaloe, and his wife Mabel, daughter of Arland Ussher and sister of James Ussher (qv),…

Jones, Nancy (Esperanca) Wynne-

Jones, Nancy (Esperanca) Wynne- (1922–2006), painter, was born 10 December 1922 at Penmaenucha, Dolgellau, north Wales, youngest child among two sons and one daughter of Charles Llewellyn Wynne-Jones (c.1891–1974), landowner, and his wife Sybil Mary Gella (née Scott) (c…

Jones, (Patrick) Lloyd

Jones, (Patrick) Lloyd (1811–86), socialist, trade unionist, and journalist, was born 17 March 1811 at Bandon, Co. Cork. His father, a fustian cutter of Welsh immigrant ancestry, took part in the 1798 rebellion in Dublin, and, as an expression of his nationalism, later converted to…