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Pack, Sir Denis

Pack, Sir Denis (1775–1823), British army general, was born 7 October 1775 in Kilkenny city, younger son of Rev. Thomas Pack (1720?–1795), dean of Ossory, and Catherine Pack (née Sullivan), of St Andrew's parish, Dublin. In June 1790 he entered…

Page, Sir Thomas Hyde

Page, Sir Thomas Hyde (1746–1821), military and consulting civil engineer, was born in Harley St., London, son of Robert Hyde Page and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Morewood. He was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and received the king's gold medal from…

Paget, Henry William

Paget, Henry William (1768–1854), 1st marquis of Anglesey , lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born 15 May 1768 in London, eldest son of Henry Paget, earl of Uxbridge, and his wife Jane, eldest daughter of Arthur Champagné, dean of Clonmacnoise. He had six younger brothers and five…

Paget, Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy

Paget, Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy (1851–1928), soldier, commander in Ireland at the time of the 1914 Curragh crisis, was born 1 March 1851 in Berkeley Square, London, eldest son among six sons and eight daughters of Gen. Lord Alfred Henry Paget (1816–88…

Pain, James

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Pain (Paine), George Richard

Pain (Paine), George Richard (1793?–1838), architect and builder, was born in London, son of James Pain, builder and surveyor; nothing is known of his mother. George's grandfather William Pain, joiner and architect, published Practical house carpenter (1789), one of the…

Paisley, Ian

Paisley, Ian Richard Kyle (1926–2014), Lord Bannside, protestant revivalist and politician, was born in Armagh city on 6 April 1926, younger of two sons of James Kyle Paisley (known as Kyle Paisley), baptist preacher, and his wife Isabella (née Turnbull), a former governess from Kilsyth…

Pakenham, Charles Reginald

Pakenham, Charles Reginald (1821–57), army officer and religious, was born 21 September 1821 at Longford House, 10 Rutland Square (later Parnell Square), Dublin, fourth son of Thomas Pakenham, 2nd earl of Longford, and his wife, Georgiana Emma Charlotte, fifth daughter of William…

Pakenham, Christine Patti (née Trew) (‘Christine Longford’)

Pakenham, Christine Patti (née Trew) (‘Christine Longford’) (1900–80), countess of Longford , novelist, and playwright, was born 6 September 1900 at Cheddar, Somerset, England, only child of Richard Trew, a naval officer who drowned at sea during the first world war, and Amy Trew (d…

Pakenham, Edward Arthur Henry

Pakenham, Edward Arthur Henry (1902–61), 6th earl of Longford , theatre manager, and writer, was born 29 December 1902 in London, eldest son of Thomas Pakenham (1864–1915), 5th earl of Longford and lieutenant-colonel in the Life Guards, and his wife, Lady Mary Julia Child-Villiers (…

Pakenham, Francis Aungier (‘Frank’)

Pakenham, Francis Aungier (‘Frank’) (1905–2001), 1st Baron Pakenham and 7th earl of Longford , writer and politician, was born 5 December 1905 at 7 Great Cumberland Place, London, the third of six children (and the second son) of Thomas Pakenham (1864–1915), 5th earl of Longford…

Pakenham, Sir Edward Michael

Pakenham, Sir Edward Michael (1778–1815), major-general in the British army, was born 19 March 1778 at Langford Lodge, near Belfast, second son among five sons and three daughters of Edward Michael Pakenham, 2nd Baron Longford, and Catherine Pakenham (née Rowley). He had little…

Pakenham, Sir Richard

Pakenham, Sir Richard (1797–1868), diplomat, was born 19 May 1797 at Pakenham Hall, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath, fifth son of Admiral Sir Thomas Pakenham and Louisa Anne Pakenham (née Staples), granddaughter of William Conolly of Castletown, Co. Kildare. He was the nephew of…

Pakenham, William Lygon

Pakenham, William Lygon (1819–87), 4th earl of Longford , army officer, and politician, was born 31 January 1819 at Pakenham Hall, Co. Westmeath, second son of Thomas Pakenham, 2nd earl of Longford, and his wife Georgiana Emma Charlotte (d. 12 February 1880), fifth daughter of…

Palatio, Octavian de

Palatio, Octavian de (c.1420–1513), archbishop of Armagh, was born in Florence, the son of a Florentine father and a Spanish mother. The de Palatio (or del Palagio) family was one of the largest and most noble families of the republic, with branches inside and outside the…

Palladius

Palladius (d. p. 432), sent by Pope Celestine to the Irish as their first bishop, remains an elusive figure. He is first attested in the authoritative ‘Chronicon’ (contemporary from 434 to 455) of Prosper of Aquitaine, a pious layman closely involved with the theological…

Palles, Christopher

Palles, Christopher (1831–1920), judge, was born 25 December 1831, third (but second surviving) son of Andrew Palles, attorney and solicitor, of Dublin and of Little Mount Palles, near Mountnugent, Co. Cavan, and his wife Eleanor, daughter of Matthew Plunkett of Rathmore, Co.…

Palliser, John

Palliser, John (1817–87), explorer, was born 29 January 1817 in Dublin, eldest son of Wray Palliser (1788–1863) of Derryluskan, Co. Tipperary, and Comeragh, Co. Waterford, JP and lieutenant-colonel of the Waterford Artillery Militia, and…

Palliser, William

Palliser, William (1646–1727), Church of Ireland archbishop of Cashel, was the second of three sons of Yorkshire parents, Thomas Palliser of Newby-upon-Wiske and his wife, Joan, daughter of Richard Frankland of Blobberhouse. He was educated at Northallerton, and entered…

Palmarius (Palmer), Thomas

Palmarius (Palmer), Thomas (c.1350–c.1415), Anglo-Irish Dominican friar, was born probably in Palmerstown, Co. Kildare. Nothing seems to be known of his background or early years. His first appearance in historical documentation is as a friar of Winchester convent…

Palmer (Ambrose), Eleanor

Palmer (Ambrose), Eleanor (c.1720–1818), celebrated beauty, was born Eleanor Ambrose , daughter and heiress of Michael Ambrose, a wealthy Roman catholic brewer and merchant, and his wife, the daughter of Richard Archbold, a Dublin brewer; nothing is known of her mother.…

Palmer, Sir Arthur Hunter

Palmer, Sir Arthur Hunter (1819–98), politician in Australia, was born 28 December 1819 in Armagh city, second son of Lieut. Arthur Palmer, RN, and Emily Palmer (née Hunter). Educated at Youghal grammar school in Co. Cork, and by a private tutor in…

Palmer, William

Palmer, William (1657–1726), MP and officeholder, was a son of Edward Palmer of Norfolk, England, and his wife Philippa, daughter of Sir Henry Armiger. On his appearance in Ireland he began a political and administrative career that lasted from about 1692 to 1713. He was one of the…

Panter, George William

Panter, George William (1858–1928), antiquary and bibliophile, was born probably in Dublin, son of Thomas Panter. In 1872 a son was born to Thomas Panter and Ellen Panter (née Digges); Ellen may have been George's mother, or possibly his father's second wife. The family had an…

Pantridge, Frank (James Francis)

Pantridge, Frank (James Francis) (1916–2004), pioneering cardiologist, was born 3 October 1916 in Sion Hill, a farm on the southern outskirts of Hillsborough, Co. Down, son of Robert James Pantridge (d. 1927), and his wife Elizabeth (née McCandless). Frank had at least a sister and a…