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Le Caron, Henri (Thomas Billis Beach)

Le Caron, Henri (Thomas Billis Beach) (1841–94), agent provocateur and informer, was born Thomas Billis Beach on 26 September 1841 at Colchester, England, second son among thirteen children of John Joseph Billis Beach, rate-collector, and Maria Beach (née Passmore). He was…

Lech, John

Lech, John (d. 1313), archbishop of Dublin, first appears as a clerk of Edward II in 1307, although a later letter by the king indicated that he had served in that position for some time. His connection with Ireland began when the king secured the office of precentor of St Patrick…

Lecky, John

Lecky, John (1764–1839), merchant, banker, and shipowner, was born in Cork, eldest son among five children of Robert Lecky (d. 1772) and his wife, a daughter of Thomas Harvey of Springfield, near Youghal, Co. Cork. Following the death of his father he was adopted at eight years…

Lecky, Robert John

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Lecky, Squire Thornton Stratford

Lecky, Squire Thornton Stratford (1838–1902), master mariner, cartographer, and writer on navigation, was born in Downpatrick, Co. Down, fifth son of Holland Lecky of Castle Lecky, Magilligan, Co. Londonderry, and Ballyholland House, Co. Down, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of the…

Lecky, William Edward Hartpole

Lecky, William Edward Hartpole (1838–1903), historian, was born 26 March 1838 in Newtown Park, Dublin. Of Scottish origin, the Leckys had settled in the north of Ireland in the early seventeenth century, and became prominent in the public life of the city of Derry. Robert Lecky,…

Ledrede (Leatherhead), Richard

Ledrede (Leatherhead), Richard (c.1265–1360/61), bishop of Ossory, was an English Franciscan with no connection to Ireland before his provision to the see by John XXII. His origin is unknown, but some evidence indicates that he was born in Somerset. He was already a…

Ledwich, Edward

Ledwich, Edward (1737?–1823), clergyman and historian, was born in Dublin, son of John Ledwich, merchant and brewer, and his wife, possibly Elizabeth (née Davies); his father's brother was Edward Ledwich (1707–82), dean of Kildare. Edward Ledwich jun. was educated by a Mr Shiels…

Ledwich, Edward

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Ledwich, Edward L'Estrange

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Ledwich, Thomas Hawkesworth

Ledwich, Thomas Hawkesworth (1823–58), surgeon and medical school principal, was born in Pembroke, Wales, one of at least three sons of Edward Ledwich, solicitor, who practised in Waterford, and Catherine Eleanor Ledwich (née Hawkesworth).

Ledwidge, Francis Edward

Ledwidge, Francis Edward (1887–1917), poet and soldier, was born 19 August 1887 at Janeville, Slane, Co. Meath, eighth among nine children of Patrick Ledwidge (1840/41–1892), farm labourer, and his wife, Anne (1853/4–1926), daughter of Nicholas Lynch of Slane. The Ledwidges (the…

Ledwidge, Joseph James (‘Jack’)

Ledwidge, Joseph James (‘Jack’) (1877–1953), Gaelic footballer, soccer international, and cricketer, was born 8 June 1877 at 21 Arran Quay, Dublin, son of Joseph Ledwidge, butcher, and Elizabeth Ledwidge (née Trulock). A versatile and talented sportsman, he initially made his mark…

Lee, Anthony

Lee, Anthony (c.1700–1767), portrait painter, was probably born in Dublin. His family origins and background are obscure but he is possibly related to the Lee family who owned estates at Passage East near Waterford city. During the early eighteenth century Anthony Lee (or…

Leebody, John Robinson

Leebody, John Robinson (1840–1927), scientist, commentator, and college president, was born in January 1840 in Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, the second son of Rev. Henry Leebody (d. 1879), presbyterian minister there, and his wife, Madeline Sophia (née Robinson). He was educated…

Leech, Sarah

Leech, Sarah (b. 1809), poet, was born in 1809, in the townland of Ballylennan in the parish of Taughboyne, Co. Donegal. She was the youngest of six children of a protestant, probably presbyterian, weaver and farmer named Thomas Leech. When Sarah was only three years old, her father…

Leech, William John

Leech, William John (1881–1968), painter, was born 10 April 1881 at 49 Rutland (latterly Parnell) Square, Dublin, the third among the five sons and a daughter of Henry Brougham Leech (1843–1921), chief registrar of deeds and regius professor of law at…

Lee, John

Lee, John (fl. 1578–1620), priest and founder of the Irish college in Paris, was a member of a Waterford merchant family with business connections in France. In 1578 he led a group of six Irish students to Paris, where they were admitted to the Collège de Montaigu in the…

Lee, John Baptist Mary

Lee, John Baptist Mary (1915–2008), dentist, was born 24 June 1915 in Kilfinane, Co. Limerick (probably in Glendove House), second youngest of ten children of William P. Lee and his wife Agnes (née Condon; d. 1955). William Lee, from a locally prominent family of strong farmers that…

Lee (Leae), Charles

Lee (Leae), Charles (1545–86), Jesuit, was born in Cloyne, Co. Cork, son of Maurice Lee, medical doctor, and his wife Mary Sheehy. He was educated at Oxford, Paris, and Cologne, where he obtained an MA. He entered the Society of Jesus in Rome in…

Lee, Mary Agnes

Lee, Mary Agnes (1821–1909), suffragist in Australia, was born Mary Agnes Walsh 14 February 1821 in Co. Monaghan, the daughter of John Walsh; her mother's name is unknown. Raised in Ulster, in 1844 she married George Lee, the organist and choirmaster of Armagh Cathedral; they had…

Leen, Edward

Leen, Edward (1885–1944), priest and academic, was born 17 August 1885 at Abbeyfeale, West Limerick, the son of Daniel Leen, a shopkeeper, and his wife Margaret (née Barrett). Born into a large catholic family of 14 children, of whom seven died in their youth, Leen received his…

Leeper, Richard Robert

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Lee, Robert Pearson

Lee, Robert Pearson (1921–2012), veterinary scientist, was born at home at 41 Marguerite Road, Drumcondra, Dublin, on 8 May 1921, the youngest of four children (two sons and two daughters) of George Angus McLean Lee, a pharmaceutical chemist of Aberdeenshire farming stock, and…

Lee, Samuel Alexander (‘Sam’)

Lee, Samuel Alexander (‘Sam’) (1871–1944), rugby player, was born 15 April 1871 in Belfast, son of Thomas Lee, labourer, and Agnes Lee. He began his rugby career as a student at Royal Belfast Academical Institution (1886–90), captaining the school team that won the Ulster schools…