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Knox, Thomas

Knox, Thomas (c.1641–1728), merchant, landowner, and privy councillor, was eldest among three sons and two daughters of Thomas Knox (d. 1685), merchant and burgess of Glasgow, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew Spang, a burgess of Glasgow of Danish origin. He…

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Knox, Thomas

Knox, Thomas (1754–1840), 1st earl of Ranfurly , 2nd Viscount Northland and MP, was born 5 August 1754, eldest among seven sons of Thomas Knox, 1st Viscount Northland of Dungannon , Co. Tyrone, and his wife Anne (d. 1803), second daughter of John, 1st Lord Knapton, and Elizabeth,…

Knox, William

Knox, William (1732–1810), government official and polemicist, was born at Clones, Co. Monaghan, son of Thomas Knox, physician, and Nicola Knox (née King). His father was a devout protestant, with strong Calvinist tendencies (he claimed descent from John Knox), and these religious…

Kyan, Esmond

Kyan, Esmond (c.1750–1798), United Irish commander and landowner, was born probably in Co. Wexford, fourth son of Howard Kyan (d. 1804) of Mount Howard, near Ferns, Co. Wexford, and of Ballymurtagh and Mount Pleasant, Co. Wicklow. His father, a catholic landowner, was…

Kyan, John Howard

Kyan, John Howard (1774–1850), brewer and inventor, was born 27 November 1774 in Dublin, son of John Howard Kyan (d. 1804), mining engineer, of Mount Howard and Ballymurtagh, Co. Wicklow. The United Irishman Esmond Kyan (qv) who was hanged…

Kyle, Frances (Fay) Christian

Kyle, Frances (Fay) Christian (1894–1958), barrister, was born 30 October 1894 in Belfast, the younger daughter of Robert Alexander Kyle, a Belfast businessman, and his wife Kathleen Frances (née Bates). She was educated in Belfast, France and Switzerland, before entering…

Kyle, Samuel (‘Sam’)

Kyle, Samuel (‘Sam’) (1884–1962), trade unionist, was born into a protestant family in Belfast; no other details of his family are known. Educated locally, he began working in a Belfast linen mill in 1899. His interest in trade unionism was sparked instantly, and within a few years…

Kyteler (Kettle, Keyetler), Dame Alice

Kyteler (Kettle, Keyetler), Dame Alice (fl. 1324), accused of witchcraft and sorcery, was probably from a Kilkenny family, though nothing is known of her life prior to marriage. The Kytelers were a family of Flemish merchants who came to Ireland some time in the mid to late…