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Murray, Ruby

Murray, Ruby (1935–96), popular singer, was born 29 March 1935 in Belfast, youngest daughter among four children of Daniel Murray, originally from Scotland, and Wilhelmina or Winifred Murray (née Connolly). They lived in Moltke St. in the Donegall Road area of the city. An operation…

Murray, Sean

Murray, Sean (1898–1961), communist, was born 15 June 1898 in either Laney or Ballybrack townland, Cushendall, Co. Antrim, youngest among three daughters and one son of Patrick Murray, small farmer, and Mary Ann Murray (née Gore). Raised a Roman Catholic, he was educated at Glenaan…

Murray, Sir James

Murray, Sir James (1788–1871), doctor and chemist, was born in Co. Londonderry, probably in Culrady, near Maghera, eldest son of Edward Murray and Belinda Murray (née Powell). He was brought up as a Roman catholic; he had at least two brothers, and possibly other siblings. His brother…

Murray, Thomas Cornelius

Murray, Thomas Cornelius (1873–1959), playwright, was born 17 January 1873 in Macroom, Co. Cork, the seventh of the eleven children of Cornelius Murray and Honora Murray (née Kelleher). When they moved to Macroom, his parents opened a business combining a meal and flour shop,…

Musa, Jennifer ('Mummy'; Jennifer Jehanzeba Qazi Musa)

Musa, Jennifer ('Mummy'; Jennifer Jehanzeba Qazi Musa) (1917–2008), politician, tribal elder and nurse, was born Bridget Wren on 11 November 1917 in Tarmons, Tarbert, Co. Kerry, one of five daughters and two sons of John Wren, a small-holding farmer, and his wife Johanna (née…

Muschamp, Denny

Muschamp, Denny (c.1637–1699), office-holder and property owner, was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Agmondesham Muschamp (d. 1658), of Ballinrea, Co. Cork, and his wife, Anne Muschamp (née Denny) (d. 1668); the couple had at least one other son and a daughter, Anne, who…

Musgrave, Sir James

Musgrave, Sir James (1826–1904), businessman, was born 30 December 1826 at Lisburn, Co. Antrim, one of twelve children of Dr Samuel Musgrave (1770–1836), a physician, and his wife, Mary (d. 1862), daughter of William Riddel of Comber, Co. Down. (There is some dispute over his…

Musgrave, Sir Richard

Musgrave, Sir Richard (1746?–1818), 1st baronet, political writer, was born at Lismore, Co. Waterford, the first of the three sons of Christopher Musgrave (d. 1787) of Tourin, near Cappoquin, local agent to the duke of Devonshire, and his wife Susannah, daughter of James Usher of…

Muspratt, James

Muspratt, James (1793–1886), chemical industrialist, was born 12 August 1793 in Dublin, third child and second son among six sons and two daughters of Evan Muspratt, cork-cutter, and Sarah Muspratt (née Mainwaring), both of Dublin, whose families came originally from England. After…

Muspratt, James Sheridan

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Myler, Robert

Myler, Robert (d. 1581), catholic martyr, was a sailor out of Wexford port. In early 1581 he was one of a number of sailors who attempted to find passage to the continent for James Eustace (qv), 3rd Viscount Baltinglass, then in…

Myles, Sir Thomas

Myles, Sir Thomas (1857–1937), surgeon and nationalist, was born 20 April 1857 in Limerick city, second son of John Myles (d. 1871), merchant, and his second wife, Prudence (d. 1904), daughter of William Bradshaw of Kylebeg, Co. Tipperary. Educated at…