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Owenson, Robert

Owenson, Robert (1744–1812), singer and actor, was born in Tyrawley, Co. Mayo, the only son of Walter MacEoghan (or MacOwen), farmer, and Sydney Bell, orphan granddaughter of George Crofton and a relative of the Croftons of Longford House. The pair eloped after meeting at a hurling…

Owenson, Sydney (Lady Morgan)

Owenson, Sydney (Lady Morgan) (c.1783–1859), novelist and literary celebrity, was born in Dublin. Her father, the Mayo-born Robert Owenson (qv) (originally Mac Eóin, 1744–1812), was an actor whose native command of Irish ensured…

Oxburgh, Henry

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Oxburgh, Heward

Oxburgh, Heward (d. 1691), Jacobite soldier and landowner, of Boveen, King's Co., was of unknown parentage but probably a member of a Norfolk gentry family. He, or his parents, perhaps came to Ireland as part of the plantation of King's Co. in the 1620s. He was in any case in the…

Oxx, John

Oxx, John (1910–87), racehorse trainer, was born 16 January 1910 in Collinstown, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, son of John Oxx, stud groom, and his wife Elizabeth (née Shaw). Educated at Dunboyne national school, he worked on stud farms in the Dunboyne area before obtaining a trainer's…