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Larkin, Emmet Joseph

Larkin, Emmet Joseph (1927–2012), historian, was born on 19 May 1927 in New York City, elder of two children, to Emmet Joseph Larkin, armoured guard, and Annabelle (née Ryder), cashier. Following service as a corporal in the United States Army (1944–6), Larkin attended university on…

Larkin, James

Larkin, James (1904–69), trade unionist and politician, was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, eldest of four sons of James Larkin (qv), trade union leader, and Elizabeth Larkin (née Brown), daughter of a baptist lay preacher from Co.…

Larkin, James

Larkin, James (1874–1947), labour leader, was born 28 January 1874 at 41 Combermere St., Toxteth, Liverpool, England, second eldest of three sons and three daughters of James Larkin, foundry labourer, and Mary Ann Larkin (née McNulty, McAnulty, or McNalty). His birth certificate…

Larkin, Michael

Larkin, Michael (c.1835–1867), Fenian martyr, was born in the parish of Lusmagh, near Parsonstown, Kings Co. (Offaly), of ‘poor but respectable parents’ holding a tenancy on the Drought estate (King's County Chronicle, 27 Nov. 1867). His maternal grandfather, James…

Larminie, William

Larminie, William (1849–1900), poet and folktale collector, was born 1 August 1849 in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, youngest son of William Larminie, who seems to have been a land agent or bank official, and was protestant, of Huguenot descent, and his wife Bridget (‘Beda’), daughter of Col…

Larmor, Joseph

Larmor, Joseph (1857–1942), mathematical physicist, was born 11 July 1857 at Ballycarrickmaddy, Magheragall, Co. Antrim, eldest among five sons and two daughters of Hugh Larmor, well-to-do farmer turned grocer, and his wife Hannah, eldest daughter of Joseph Wright of Stoneyford, Co.…

Lartigue, Charles François Marie Thérèse

Lartigue, Charles François Marie Thérèse (1834–1907), civil engineer and business entrepreneur, was born on 14 June 1834 in Toulouse, France, of possible Spanish ancestry; his parents’ names are unknown. As a young man Lartigue shared the infectious optimism of contemporary British and…

La Rue, Danny

La Rue, Danny (1927–2009), female impersonator and entertainer, was born Daniel Patrick Carroll on 26 July 1927 at 10 Horgan's Buildings, Cork, the youngest of five children of Thomas Carroll (1895–1929), a carpenter, and his wife Mary Anne (née Dennehy) (1897–1976), a seamstress. He…

Lassar

Lassar (6th cent.?), foundress and first abbess of Cluain Laigen (Clonlyon, parish of Kilmore, Co. Meath), and saint in the Irish tradition, can be traced to Cenél Lóegaire, a dynasty affiliated to the Uí Néill. She is said to have been a daughter of Fergus son of Fedelmid, a…

Latham, James

Latham, James (1696–1747), painter, was born in Co. Tipperary, a member of a now extinct family, the Lathams of Meldrum and Ballysheelan, near Cashel. Biographical records of Latham's life remain scarce. He travelled to Antwerp to study, possibly at the suggestion of the painter…

Lathcen (Laidcenn)

Lathcen (Laidcenn) (d. 661), son of Báeth Bandach, monk of Clonfertmulloe (Co. Laois) and biblical scholar, produced an abbreviated version of Gregory the Great's ‘Moralia’ on Job, a commentary in thirty-five books, written c.595. Lathcen's abbreviation in three books is…

Latimer, William Thomas

Latimer, William Thomas (1842–1919), presbyterian minister and historian, was the only child of John Latimer (d. 1843), presbyterian minister of First Ballynahatty, near Omagh, Co. Tyrone, and Eliza Latimer (née Dudgeon). His father died while William was still a baby. Latimer's…

La Touche, David Digues I

La Touche, David Digues I (1671–1745), soldier and businessman, was born 15 November 1671, fourth son among six sons and three daughters of Denis Digues, seigneur de la Touche et de la Motte, nobleman, and his second wife Madeleine Digues (née Deplanche) of Château de la Touche,…

La Touche, David II

La Touche, David II (1703–1785), banker, was born on 31 December 1703, eldest among two sons and two daughters of David La Touche I (qv), soldier and businessman, and Judith La Touche (née Biard) of Dublin city. His full…

La Touche, David III

La Touche, David III (1729–1817), banker, was born 29 August 1729, second surviving son among seven sons of David La Touche II (qv), banker, and Mary Anne La Touche (née Canaseele), of Dublin. David La Touche III may have been the ‘La…

La Touche, James Digges

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La Touche, James Digges

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La Touche, John David

La Touche, John David (1732–1810), banker and landowner, was born on 21 August 1732, a surviving son of David La Touche II (qv), banker, and Mary Anne La Touche (née Canaseele), of Dublin. John La Touche inherited £7,000 a year and…

La Touche, Peter

La Touche, Peter (1733–1828), politician and banker, was born 26 November 1733 in Dublin, third eldest among three surviving sons and four daughters of David La Touche II (qv), banker, and his wife Mary Anne, daughter of Gabriel…

La Touche, William George Digges

La Touche, William George Digges (1747–1803), diplomat and banker, was born on 28 August 1747, third son of James Digges La Touche (qv) and his second wife, Martha (née Thwaites) of St Stephen's Green, Dublin. He was admitted to St Paul's School, London, on…

Lauder, James Stack (‘Jacques Lafayette’)

Lauder, James Stack (‘Jacques Lafayette’) (1853–1923), portrait photographer, born 22 January 1853, was one of ten children (six sons and four daughters) of Edmond (sometimes Edmund) Stanley Lauder (c.1824–91) and his wife, Sarah Harding Lauder (née Stack, c.1828–…

Lauzun, Antonin Nompar de Caumont

Lauzun, Antonin Nompar de Caumont (1633–1723), comte de Lauzun , French commander of Jacobite forces in Ireland, was born in 1633 in France, into a family of impoverished Gascon nobility. He was the fourth of five sons (there were also four daughters) of Gabriel de Lauzun and his…

Lavan, John Thomas (‘Sean’)

Lavan, John Thomas (‘Sean’) (1898–1973), athlete, footballer, and medical doctor, was born 22 September 1898 in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, eldest of four children of Michael Lavan, landholder, and Bridget Lavan (née O'Brien). Educated locally at Ballyglass national school, he won a king…

Lavelle, Patrick

Lavelle, Patrick (1825–86), catholic priest and agitator, was born at Mullagh, a townland between Westport and Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, the eldest child in the family of three sons and two daughters of Francis Lavelle (d. 1862) and his wife Mary (née MacManus). Francis Lavelle held a…

Laverty (Kelly), (Mary) Maura

Laverty (Kelly), (Mary) Maura (1907–66), author and broadcaster, was born 15 May 1907 in Rathangan, Co. Kildare, the third of nine surviving children of Michael Kelly and Mary Ann Kelly (née Treacy). Her father appears to have given up his career in farming at his wife's…