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Purser, John Mallet

Purser, John Mallet (1839–1929), physiologist and professor of medicine, was born 8 November 1839 in Dublin, eldest son among nine sons and two daughters of Benjamin Purser (1815–98), corn merchant, and Anne Purser (née Mallet). He was educated in private schools before studying…

Purser, Louis Claude

Purser, Louis Claude (1854–1932), classical scholar, was born 28 September 1854 at Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, the youngest son of Benjamin Purser, a merchant of Dungarvan, and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Mallet, an ironmonger originally from Devon. Anne's brother was the…

Purser, Sarah Henrietta

Purser, Sarah Henrietta (1848–1943), painter, stained-glass artist and entrepreneur, art activist and patron, was born 22 March 1848 at Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire), Co. Dublin, third daughter and eighth of ten children of Benjamin (Ben) Purser, grain merchant, miller and brewer, and…

Putland, Charles

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Putland, Charles

Putland, Charles (1785–1859), landowner, was probably born in Co. Wicklow, youngest son of George Putland (qv), landowner and politician, and Constance Putland (née Evans), niece of the 2nd Baron Carbery. Charles was educated at home…

Putland, George

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Putland, George

Putland, George (1745–1811), landowner and politician, was born in October 1745, son of John Putland (1709–73), landowner, magistrate, and later high sheriff of Dublin (1748), and his wife, Catherine (d. 1764), daughter and co-heir of Sir Emmanuel Moore of Ross Carbery, Co. Cork.…

Putland, John

Putland, John (1709–73), merchant and banker, was born in Dublin, son of Thomas Putland, banker, and his wife Jane, daughter of John Rotton and Bridget Sterne, a sister of John Stearne (qv), bishop of Clogher, and niece of the noted…

Pyle, Fergus Patrick d'Esterre

Pyle, Fergus Patrick d'Esterre (1935–97), journalist, was born 17 March 1935 in Dublin, the second of four children (two boys and two girls) of William Fitzroy Pyle (1907–89), a lecturer in English at TCD, and Amy Patricia Pyle (née…

Pyne, Henry

Pyne, Henry (fl. 1589–1620), settler and merchant, was apparently related to the Pyne family of East Downe, Devon, England. He became a merchant and as a client of the lord chancellor of England, Christopher Hatton (d. 1591), served the crown in some capacity early in life…

Pynnar, Nicholas

Pynnar, Nicholas (fl. 1600–44?), surveyor and director general of the fortifications in Ireland, first came to Ireland from the Netherlands in May 1600 as a captain of foot in the army that Sir…