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Lavery, Cecil Patrick Linton

Lavery, Cecil Patrick Linton (1894–1967), lawyer and judge, was born 6 October 1894 in Armagh, the second son in a family of five sons of Patrick Lavery, solicitor, and his wife Rose (née Vallely). He was educated at St Patrick's College, Armagh, Castleknock College, Dublin, and…

Lavery, Lady Hazel

Lavery, Lady Hazel (1880–1935), artist, model, actress and socialite, was born 14 March 1880 at 514 North Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Edward Jenner Martyn (1846–1897), a self-made man who became vice president of Armour & Co. (a successful meat packing firm) and vice-…

Lavery, Sir John

Lavery, Sir John (1856–1941), portrait painter, was born 20 March 1856 in Belfast, son of Henry Lavery, a poor wine-and-spirit merchant who embarked in Liverpool (1859) on the emigrant clipper Pomona with the object of establishing himself in the United States. The…

Lavin, Mary

Lavin, Mary (1912–96), short-story writer and novelist, was born 11 June 1912 at East Walpole, Massachusetts, USA, only child of Thomas Lavin (d. 1945) and Nora Lavin, née Mahon. Her father came from Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon, her mother from a large middle-class family in Athenry…

Lavit, Joseph

Lavit, Joseph (d. c.1728), merchant, appears to have settled in Cork around 1690. He was a huguenot, but nothing more is known of his life in France (where his name was probably Lavitte) except that when he arrived in Ireland he was apparently a man of little or no…

Law, Hugh

Law, Hugh (1818–83), lord chancellor, was born 19 June 1818 at Woodlawn, Co. Down, the only son of John Law, and his wife, Margaret Law (née Crawley). Educated at the Royal School, Dungannon, he entered TCD in 1834, where he was a…

Law, Hugh Alexander

Law, Hugh Alexander (1872–1943), politician and lawyer, was born in Dublin, second son of Hugh Law (qv), of Co. Down, later lord chancellor of Ireland, and his wife Ellen Maria, daughter of William White of Dublin. Educated at Rugby and…

Law, John

Law, John (1745–1810), Church of Ireland bishop, was born in Greystoke, Carlisle, Cumberland (Cumbria), eldest son of twelve children of Edmund Law (1703–97), bishop of Carlisle, and his wife Mary Christian (d. 1772). He was educated at Charterhouse and Christ's College, Cambridge…

Lawless, Emily

Lawless, Emily (1845–1913), novelist, historian, and poet, was born at Lyons House, near Hazelhatch, Co. Kildare, fourth child and eldest daughter of Edward Lawless (1816–69), a wealthy landlord who in 1853 succeeded as 3rd Baron Cloncurry, and his wife Elizabeth (née Kirwan), a…

Lawless, John

Lawless, John (1780?–1837), lawyer, journalist, and political agitator, was the eldest son among twenty-one children of Philip Lawless, brewer, of Warren Mount, Mill St., Dublin, and his wife Bridget (née Savage). Philip's younger brother, Barry, of Cherrywood, near Bray, was a…

Lawless, Luke

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Lawless, Matthew James

Lawless, Matthew James (1837–64), painter, was born in Dublin, son of Barry Edward Lawless, barrister, of 13 Harcourt St., Dublin, and Jane Magdelene Lawless (née Byrne). He was educated at Prior School, Bath, England, where illness affected his hearing and left him in frail health…

Lawless, Patrick

Lawless, Patrick (fl. 1691–1718), soldier and diplomat, was the son of Walter Lawless of Talbot's Inch, near Kilkenny, and Ann Bryan, sister of James Bryan of Jenkinstown, alderman; he was the grandson of Richard Lawless (d. 1670), procurator of the supreme council of the…

Lawless, Sir Nicholas

Lawless, Sir Nicholas (1733–99), woollen draper, banker, MP, and 1st Baron Cloncurry , was born 30 October 1733, eldest son of Robert Lawless (d. 1775), woollen draper, of 2 High St., the Liberties, Dublin, and his wife Mary, daughter of Dominick Hadsor and widow of Robert…

Lawless, Valentine Browne

Lawless, Valentine Browne (1773–1853), 2nd Baron Cloncurry , radical, was born 19 August 1773 at Merrion Square, Dublin, the only surviving son of Nicholas Lawless (1733–99), woollen merchant, brewer, and banker, who became 1st Baron Cloncurry in 1789, and Margaret Lawless (née…

Lawless, William

Lawless, William (c.1764–1824), surgeon, United Irishman, and officer in Napoleon's Irish Legion, was born in Dublin, son of John Lawless and Mary Lawless (née Beauman) of Shankill, Co. Dublin. He was a distant relation of…

Lawlor, Dermot Colman

Lawlor, Dermot Colman (1905–87), managing director of Bord na Móna and Meath county manager, was born 14 September 1905 in Dublin, son of Patrick Lawlor, bookbinder, of 74 Bride St., Dublin, and Rosanna Lawlor (née Fagan). He was educated at Terenure College, Dublin, and…

Lawlor, Edward (‘Eddie’) Lazerian

Lawlor, Edward (‘Eddie’) Lazerian (1938–99), property developer and philanthropist, was born 15 February 1938 in Tullow, Co. Carlow, second son among five sons and seven daughters of Edward Lawlor (b. 1906), of Tullow, Co. Carlow, truck driver and later regional supervisor for…

Lawlor, Henry Cairnes

Lawlor, Henry Cairnes (1870–1943), businessman and archaeologist, was born 16 April 1870 in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, youngest child among eight sons and four daughters of John Hilliard Lawlor (murdered 31 May 1889), manager of the local Provincial Bank of Ireland, and his wife,…

Lawlor, Hugh Jackson

Lawlor, Hugh Jackson (1860–1938), church historian and dean of St Patrick's, Dublin, was born 11 December 1860 at Ballymena, Co. Antrim, third son of John Hilliard Lawlor (b. 1819), bank manager, and his wife Catherine, daughter of Lieut-col. John Elliott Cairnes (1785–1847). John…

Lawlor, John

Lawlor, John (1860–1929), handball player and labour politician, was born in Glendon, Pennsylvania, USA. His family moved to Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, when he was 2 years old, before moving in 1870 to Patrick St., Dublin. As a young man, Lawlor played many games at the nearby Kenny'…

Lawlor, John

Lawlor, John (1820?–1901), sculptor, was born in Dublin; nothing is known of his parents. He received his artistic training in the schools of the Dublin Society, where he studied under John Smyth (qv). In 1843 he was awarded a prize…

Lawlor, Liam

Lawlor, Liam (1944–2005), politician and businessman, was born William Anthony Lawlor on 19 October 1944 in the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, son of Gerald Lawlor, motor driver, of 8 Moracrete Cottages, Crumlin Road, Dublin, and his wife Ellen (née Gaffney); he…

Lawlor, Michael

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Lawlor, Patricia (‘Patsy’)

Lawlor, Patricia (‘Patsy’) (1933–97), politician and ICA president, was born Patricia Broughal , in March 1933 in Kill, Co. Kildare, daughter of a local businessman and his wife. Educated locally and at St Mary's secondary school in Naas, she trained as a nurse. She was deeply…