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Norris, Sir Thomas

Norris, Sir Thomas (1556–99), soldier and president of Munster, was fifth son of Henry Norris, 1st Baron Norris of Rycote, Oxfordshire, and his wife Margaret, daughter of John Williams, 1st Baron Williams of Thame, and was a younger brother of Sir…

Northalis, Richard

Northalis, Richard (d. 1397), archbishop of Dublin, chancellor of Ireland, possibly the son of John Northhales, mayor of London, appears as a member of the Carmelite house in London during the reign of Richard II (qv) He was apparently in…

Norton, William Joseph (‘Bill’)

Norton, William Joseph (‘Bill’) (1900–63), trade unionist and politician, was born 2 November 1900 at 21 Bath Avenue, Dublin, eldest of eight children of Patrick Norton, a tramcar conductor, and Bridget Norton (née Malone). He attended Rathmines national school, leaving aged…

Nowlan, David Shackleton

Nowlan, David Shackleton (1936–2010), journalist, critic and medical doctor, was born on 19 May 1936 at 16 Lower Hatch Street, Dublin, the eldest of four children (two boys and two girls) of Revd George Nowlan (1904–74), rector (1935–9) of St Matthias's church, Dublin, and his wife…

Nowlan, James

Nowlan, James (1854?–1924), sports official, nationalist, and politician, was born in Kilkenny city; he was probably the James Nowlan baptised 14 July 1854 in St Canice's church, son of Michael Nowlan and Catherine Nowlan (née Tully), of Green's Hill, Kilkenny. A cooper by trade,…

Nowlan, Kevin Ingram

Nowlan, Kevin Ingram (1910–2003), engineer, planning officer, and university lecturer, was born 2 November 1910 at Iona House, Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin, second son of John William Nowlan, assistant superintendent of Glasnevin cemetery, and his wife Kathleen Winifred (née Browning…

Noyek (Noyk), Michael

Noyek (Noyk), Michael (1884–1966), lawyer and republican activist, was born in Dublin, son of Jewish immigrants. Little is known of his parents; his father was from Kovno in Russia and his mother from Berlin. He was educated at the High School and entered…

Nuadu Argatlám

Nuadu Argatlám , a figure from the mythological cycle, features as king of the Tuatha Dé Danann. It is said that in the battle with the Fir Bolg at Mag Tuired (Moytirra, Co. Sligo), he lost an arm, an imperfection which obliged him to abdicate his kingship in favour of Lug. He was…

Nugent, Christopher

Nugent, Christopher (1697/8–1775), physician, was born into a prosperous catholic family, possibly in Co. Tipperary, in late 1697 or early 1698. Educated in France, he graduated MD (probably in Montpellier) and returned to work as physician…

Nugent, Christopher

Nugent, Christopher (d. 1731), Jacobite and army officer, was the eldest son of Francis Nugent of Dardistown, Co. Meath, and his wife, Bridget, sister of William Dongan (qv), created earl of Limerick in 1685. His grandfather was…

Nugent, Christopher (Criostóir Nuinseann)

Nugent, Christopher (Criostóir Nuinseann) (1544–1602), 14th Baron Delvin , was the eldest son of Richard, 13th Baron Delvin, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Jenico, Viscount Gormanston. The Nugents, whose estates lay on the frontier of the Pale in Co. Westmeath, with their…

Nugent, Francis Lavalin

Nugent, Francis Lavalin (1569–1635), founder of the Irish Capuchin mission, was the son of Sir Edward Nugent of Walshetown, Mullingar, and his wife, Margaret O'Connor, of the O'Connor Fahy family. Initially educated locally, he enrolled at Pont-à-Mousson, France, in 1582. He…

Nugent, George Frederick

Nugent, George Frederick (1760–1814), 7th earl of Westmeath , nobleman and politician, was born 18 November 1760, the third son of Thomas Nugent (1714–92), 6th earl of Westmeath, and his second wife, Catherine, daughter and co-heir of Henry White of Pitchfordstown, Cloncurry, Co…

Nugent, George Thomas John

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Nugent, John

Nugent, John (1671–1754), 5th earl of Westmeath , Jacobite officer in the French service, was the third of three sons of Christopher Nugent (d. a.1680), Lord Delvin, and his wife Mary (d. 1737), niece of James Butler, 1st duke of

Nugent, John Dillon

Nugent, John Dillon (1869–1940), politician and insurance manager, was born 22 December 1869 in Keady, Co. Armagh, the son of John Nugent, auctioneer and publican, and his wife Sarah (née Dillon). He moved to Dublin in 1890. Employed as assistant superintendent with the Prudential…

Nugent, Laval(l)

Nugent, Laval(l) (1777–1862), field-marshal and count in Austria, was born 3 November 1777 at Ballinacor, Co. Wicklow, eldest son of John Nugent, landowner, from Westmeath, and Jane Nugent (née McDonagh). His father died when he was four, and in 1789 he moved to Austria, where he…

Nugent, Nicholas

Nugent, Nicholas (d. 1582), chief justice of the common pleas in Ireland, was fifth son of Sir Christopher Nugent and his wife Marian, daughter of Nicholas St Lawrence. Educated as a lawyer, in 1564 he was appointed to a commission to hear and determine lawsuits in the Pale. On 5…

Nugent, Richard

Nugent, Richard (c.1395–1475), 10th lord of Delvin , was son of Sir William Nugent, 9th lord of Delvin, and his wife Katherine, daughter of John fitz John, 8th lord of Delvin. He succeeded to his father's lands in 1415, and in the following year was one of the signatories…

Nugent, Richard

Nugent, Richard (c.1465–1538), 12th baron of Delvin , was son of Christopher Nugent, 11th baron, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Preston (qv), 1st Viscount Gormanston, and succeeded to his family's lands after his…

Nugent, Richard

Nugent, Richard (1623–84), 2nd earl of Westmeath , soldier, was the only child of Christopher Nugent, Lord Delvin, and Anne, eldest daughter of Randal MacDonnell (qv), 1st earl of Antrim. His father, heir to the…

Nugent, Robert Craggs

Nugent, Robert Craggs (1702–88), 1st Earl Nugent , poet, and politician, was born in Carlanstown, Co. Westmeath, second son of Michael Nugent (d. 1739) of Carlanstown and his wife Mary (d. 1740), fifth and youngest daughter of Robert Barnewall, 9th Lord Trimlestown. Frequently…

Nugent, Sir George

Nugent, Sir George (1757–1849), army general, was born 10 June 1757 at Gosfield, Essex, England, illegitimate son of Edmund Nugent, lieutenant-colonel in the 1st Foot Guards. His younger brother, Sir Charles Edmund Nugent (c.1759–1844), became a distinguished admiral in…

Nugent, Sir John

Nugent, Sir John (1806–99), inspector of lunacy, was born in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, son of John Nugent, gentleman; no other details of his family are known. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College (1816–21) before entering TCD; he…

Nugent, Sir Oliver Stewart Wood

Nugent, Sir Oliver Stewart Wood (1860–1926), army officer, was born 9 November 1860 at Aldershot, Hampshire, son of Major-General St George Mervyn Nugent (1825–84) of Farren Connell, Mount Nugent, Co. Cavan, and his wife Emily Frances (d. c.1920), daughter of Sir Edward Litton…