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Lane, Thomas Joseph Daniel

Lane, Thomas Joseph Daniel (1894–1967), doctor and pioneering urologist, elder of two known sons, was born in Ferozepore (Firozpur) in the Punjab, near the border between India and Pakistan, where his father, Col. Daniel Thomas Lane (fl. 1885–1949), served as surgeon with…

Lane, Timothy O'Neill

Lane, Timothy O'Neill (1852–1915), lexicographer and Irish scholar, was born at Templeglentan, Co. Limerick, third son of Timothy Lane, farmer, and Mary Lane (née O'Neill), who also had four daughters. As a child he spoke Irish and English, and was a pupil at Templeglentan national…

Lane, Victor

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Langan, John (‘Jack’)

Langan, John (‘Jack’) (1798–1846), bare-knuckle pugilist, was born in May 1798 in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin. His family moved to Ballybough, on the north side of Dublin city, when he was a child, and his parents (of whom no other details are known) ran a provisions business. The tough…

Langan, Peter Daniel

Langan, Peter Daniel (1941–88), restaurateur, was born 13 May 1941 in Co. Clare, elder son of Daniel Langan, Irish rugby international and managing director of Regent Oil (later Texaco Ireland), and Nellie Langan (née Callinan), daughter of a publican in Castleclare, Co. Clare. He…

Langford, Henry

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Langford, Sir Arthur

Langford, Sir Arthur (c.1652–1716), 2nd baronet and MP, was the eldest son of Sir Hercules Langford (1626–1683), 1st baronet, of Kilmackevett, Co. Antrim, and of Summerhill, Co. Meath, and his wife, Mary Langford (née Upton) (1629–c.1692). Sir Hercules, a…

Langham, Sir (Herbert) Charles Arthur

Langham, Sir (Herbert) Charles Arthur (1870–1951), photographer and natural-history collector, was born 24 March 1870, only son and elder of the two children of Sir Herbert Hay Langham, 12th baronet, of Cottesbrooke House, Northamptonshire, and his wife the Hon. Anna Maria Frances…

Langley, John

Langley, John (1863–1945), civil engineer, was born 28 September 1863 at Tay Lodge, Co. Waterford, youngest of three sons of Charles Langley and Margaret Langley (née Welsby), whose family came from Liverpool. Although their home had only been acquired in 1850 the Langleys had a…

Langrishe, Richard

Langrishe, Richard (1834–1922), architect and engineer, was born 6 November 1834 in Knocktopher Abbey, Kilkenny, younger son among two sons and one daughter of Rev. Sir Hercules Langrishe, politician and clergyman, and Maria Langrishe (née Cottingham) of Somerville, Co. Cavan.…

Langrishe, Robert

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Langrishe, Sir Hercules

Langrishe, Sir Hercules (1731–1811), 1st baronet, politician, was the eldest surviving son of Robert Langrishe (c.1696–1770) of Knocktopher, Co. Kilkenny, gentleman usher of the black rod, and his wife, Anne Langrishe (née Whitby). Educated at…

Langton, Jimmy

Langton, Jimmy (1918–87), hurler, was born 18 January 1918 in Lavistown, Co. Kilkenny, one of seven children of James Langton, farmer, and Mary Langton (née Long). Educated at James’ St. CBS in Kilkenny city, he worked in Padmore…

Lanigan, James

Lanigan, James (c.1747–1812), catholic bishop, was the son of Stephen Lanigan, a shopkeeper of Ballykeefe Castle in the parish of Kilmanagh, Co. Kilkenny. After his shop in Kilkenny city failed Stephen Lanigan moved with his family to Carrick-on-Suir where he opened…

Lanigan, John

Lanigan, John (1758–1828), priest and ecclesiastical historian, was born at Cashel, Co. Tipperary, the eldest of sixteen children of Thomas Lanigan, a teacher who had studied for the priesthood, and his wife, Mary Anne Lanigan (née Dorkan). Educated at his father's school, and at…

Lanigan, Paddy (‘Icey’)

Lanigan, Paddy (‘Icey’) (1880–1945), hurler, was born 24 March 1880 in Kilkenny city, son of Thomas Lanigan, clerk, and Catherine Lanigan (née Birch). A member of the now defunct Erin's Own hurling club in Kilkenny city, he won the first of his six all-Ireland senior hurling…

Lanyon, Sir Charles

Lanyon, Sir Charles (1813–89), civil engineer and architect, was born 6 January 1813 at Eastbourne, Sussex, third son of John Jenkinson Lanyon, purser in the Royal Navy, and Catherine Lanyon (née Mortimer). Privately educated locally, he was articled under Jacob Owen (from 1832 of…

Larcher (L'Archer), John

Larcher (L'Archer), John (a.1310–1349), prior of Kilmainham, chancellor and deputy justiciar of Ireland, had no connection with Ireland before becoming prior of the Hospitallers of Ireland in 1341. His background is unknown, but several Larchers appear in the records of…

Larchet, John Francis

Larchet, John Francis (1884–1967), musician, was born 13 July 1884 at Sandymount, Dublin, son of John Edward Larchet, manager of a wine business, and his wife Isabella Emily (née Farmar). Educated at the Catholic University School in Leeson St., Dublin, Larchet subsequently…

Larcom, Sir Thomas Aiskew

Larcom, Sir Thomas Aiskew (1801–79), surveyor, administrator, and under-secretary for Ireland (1853–68), was born 22 April 1801 in Hampshire, one of five children of Captain Joseph Larcom (d. 1817), RN, who administered a dockyard in Malta, and his…

Lardner, Dionysius

Lardner, Dionysius (1793–1859), scientist and writer, was born 3 April 1793 in Dublin, son of William O'Brien Lardner, solicitor, and Mary Ann Lardner (maiden name unknown). He seems to have had at least one younger brother, and may have been christened Dennis, but was calling…

Lardner, James Carrige Rushe

Lardner, James Carrige Rushe (1879–1925), lawyer and politician, was born 22 May 1879 at the Diamond, Monaghan town, the eldest of five children of Hugh William Lardner, a commercial traveller, and his wife Annie Lardner (née Loughran). He was educated at the local Christian Brothers…

Larkin, Delia

Larkin, Delia (1878–1949), trade unionist, was born 28 February 1878 at Fermie Street in the Toxteth district of Liverpool, the youngest of three sons and three daughters of James Larkin, a fitter with an engineering firm, and Mary Ann Larkin (née McNulty), a native of Co. Down.…

Larkin, Denis

Larkin, Denis (1908–87), trade unionist and politician, was born 8 June 1908 in Rostrevor, Co. Down, the second of four sons of the legendary Irish trade unionist James Larkin (qv) and Elizabeth Larkin (née Brown), the daughter of a lay…

Larkin, Diarmuid

Larkin, Diarmuid (1918–89), painter and art educationist, was born 1 April 1918 in Dublin, elder son and eldest among three children of John Larkin (also known as Seán Ó Lorcáin), building contractor, of 99 Lower Dorset St., Dublin, and Maura Larkin (née Noonan) of Galbally, Co.…