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Lees, Edward Smith

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Leeson, John

Leeson, John (d. 1855?), architect, was probably born in Dublin. His parentage is unknown, although he may have been a direct or collateral relative of James Leeson, carpenter, who was active in Co. Dublin c.1806, and William Leeson, architect, who worked from the 1760s to…

Leeson, Joseph

Leeson, Joseph (c.1701–1783), 1st earl of Milltown , landowner, patron of the arts, was one of six surviving children – and apparently the only surviving son – of Joseph Leeson (qv), brewer and property developer, and his wife…

Leeson, Joseph

Leeson, Joseph (1660–1741), brewer and property speculator, was the youngest of four sons of Hugh Leeson and his wife, Rebecca Leeson, daughter of Richard Tighe, MP and mayor of Dublin. His father, who was born in Culworth, Northamptonshire, and who had been in the army, was…

Leeson, Margaret (‘Peg’)

Leeson, Margaret (‘Peg’) (1727–97), prostitute, brothel-keeper, and memoirist, was born Margaret Plunket at Killough, Co. Westmeath, one of eight surviving children of Matthew Plunket , a wealthy farmer, and his wife, whose maiden name was O'Reilly. Most of what is known about…

Lees, Sir Harcourt

Lees, Sir Harcourt (1776–1852), clergyman and political pamphleteer, was born 29 November 1776, eldest son among six sons and four daughters of Sir John Lees (qv), 1st baronet, soldier and head of the Irish post office, and Mary Lees (…

Lees, Sir John

Lees, Sir John (c.1737–1811), secretary of the Irish post office, was born in Cannock, Ayrshire, Scotland, son of Adam Lees of Cannock and Agnes Lees (née Goldie) of Glasgow. Educated in Scotland, he first came to the notice of

Lees, William Nassau

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Lee, Thomas

Lee, Thomas (c.1550–1601), army captain and author, was second son of Benedict Lee of Oxfordshire, England, and cousin of the influential Elizabethan courtier Sir Henry Lee; his mother was Margaret, daughter of Robert Packington of Worcestershire. He first came to Ireland…

Lee, William

Lee, William (1815–83), Church of Ireland clergyman, was born 3 November 1815 in Newport, Co. Tipperary, eldest of six children of the Rev. William Lee (d. 1836), curate of Newport and later rector of Moyaliffe, Co. Tipperary, and Jane Lee (née White). William Lee senior was…

Le Fanu, Henry Frewen

Le Fanu, Henry Frewen (1870–1946), anglican clergyman and primate of Australia (1935–46), was born 1 April 1870 in Dublin, one of the eight surviving children of William Richard Le Fanu (qv), civil engineer and commissioner of…

Le Fanu, Joseph Thomas Sheridan

Le Fanu, Joseph Thomas Sheridan (1814–73), novelist and journalist, was born 28 August 1814 in Lower Dominick Street, Dublin, eldest son and second child of three children of the Rev. Thomas Philip Le Fanu (1784–1845), Church of Ireland clergyman, and his wife, Emma Lucretia (née…

Le Fanu, William Richard

Le Fanu, William Richard (1816–94), civil engineer and commissioner of public works, was born 24 February 1816 in the Royal Hibernian Military School, Phoenix Park, Dublin, youngest child among two sons and a daughter of the Very Rev. Thomas Philip Le Fanu (1784–1845), dean of…

Lefroy, Thomas Langlois

Lefroy, Thomas Langlois (1776–1869), judge and MP, was born 8 January 1776 in Limerick, eldest son of Lt.-col. Anthony Lefroy, 9th Light Dragoons, and Anne Lefroy (née Gardner). He entered TCD in November 1790 and graduated…

Lefroy, William

Lefroy, William (1836–1909), Church of Ireland clergyman and dean of Norwich, was born 6 November 1836 in Dublin, the eldest of the four children of Isaac and Isabella Lefroy; his father was of huguenot ancestry. He was educated in Dublin at St Michael-le-Pole, a long-established…

Legge, Hector George

Legge, Hector George (1901–94), newspaper editor, was born 9 January 1901 in Naas, Co. Kildare, son of Thomas Legg, bombardier with the Royal Horse Artillery, and Mary Legg (née Watson). Thomas Legg was based at the Curragh, and Hector was educated by the Christian Brothers in Naas…

Legge, Thomas

Legge, Thomas (d. 1808), traveller and mystic, was born in Donaghadee, Co. Down, the son of a ship-owner who transported Irish emigrants to America. Little else is known about his family background, although towards the end of his life he reportedly told a Scottish doctor that his…

Lehane, Con

Lehane, Con (1912–83), republican, politician, solicitor and actor, was born in Belfast on 7 May 1912, the only surviving child of Denis Lehane (Donncadh Ó Liatháinn), an excise officer originally from Co. Cork, and his wife Mary (née Connolly), a native of the Falls Road in Belfast…

Lehane, Michael

Lehane, Michael (1908–43), socialist, was born 27 September 1908 in Morley's Bridge, Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry. As a teenager he attended Darrara Agricultural College in Clonakilty, Co. Cork; however, economic necessity forced him to give up plans for a career in farming and move to…

Leighton, Sir Ellis (Elisha)

Leighton, Sir Ellis (Elisha) (d. 1685), politician and courtier, was of Scottish extraction, youngest son of Alexander Leighton, presbyterian divine; his mother's surname was Mears or Means, and his parents had married by 1611. Christened Elisha, he later preferred ‘Ellis’. His elder…

Le Jeune, James George

Le Jeune, James George (1910–83), painter, was born 24 May 1910 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, son of Anthony Le Jeune, musician, of French and English descent; his mother (whose name is unknown) was Irish. When he was 2 years old the family moved to Brittany, France, where…

Leland, John

Leland, John (1691–1766), presbyterian minister, was born 18 October 1691 in Wigan, Lancashire, England, second of three sons of a presbyterian merchant, whose name was possibly William Leland; there are no firm details of his mother. After suffering from smallpox at the age of…

Leland, Thomas

Leland, Thomas (1722–85), historian, was born in Dublin, son of John Leland (about whom nothing is known). Having been schooled by the Rev. Dr Thomas Sheridan (qv) (1687–1738), he entered TCD…

Leman, Jules

Leman, Jules (1826–80), priest and educationist, was born 30 June 1826 at his parents’ parish school in Deulemont, north-east of Armentières, northern France. His father, François Leman, was a Belgian migrant and his mother, Lucille (née Lecomte), a local woman; both were teachers…

Lemass, Frank

Lemass, Frank (1911–74), general manager and director of CIÉ, president of the Irish Management Institute, was born 13 September 1911 in Dublin, youngest son among four sons and three daughters of John T. Lemass, hatter and outfitter, of 3 Capel St., Dublin, and Frances Lemass (…