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Quain, Jones

Quain, Jones (1796–1865), surgeon, medical writer, and professor of anatomy, was born in November 1796 at Mallow, Co. Cork, eldest son of Richard Quain of Rathhealy, gentleman, and his first wife (née Jones). His younger brother was Richard…

Quain, Richard

Quain, Richard (1800–87), surgeon, anatomical lecturer, and medical writer, was born in July 1800 at Fermoy, Co. Cork, third son of Richard Quain, gentleman, of Rathealy, Co. Cork, and his first wife (née Jones). His elder brother was Jones…

Quain, Sir Richard

Quain, Sir Richard (1816–98), physician and medical writer, was born 30 October 1816 at 75 Lower Main St., Mallow, Co. Cork, eldest son of John Quain of Carrigoon and his wife Mary, daughter of Michael Burke of Mallow. His grandfather was Daniel Quain of Carrigoon; his cousins were…

Quantock (Cantok), Thomas

Quantock (Cantok), Thomas of (d. 1309), royal clerk, chancellor of Ireland, and bishop of Emly, was probably born in Bristol, the son of the prominent Bristol citizen and merchant Roger of Quantock. He was one of five or possibly six brothers, of whom only the eldest two (Nicholas…

Quigley, Gerry (Edmund Gerard)

Quigley, Gerry (Edmund Gerard) (1928–2003), trade unionist, was born 3 November 1928 in Virginia Street, off Donegall Pass in south Belfast. He was one of seven children of John Joseph Quigley and his wife Margaret (née O’Connor). Quigley was educated at St Mary’s Christian…

Quigley, Godfrey

Quigley, Godfrey (1923–94), actor, theatre manager and director, was born 5 May 1923 in Jerusalem, Palestine Mandate, the son of Eugene Patrick Quigley, a military official from Co. Sligo, and his American born wife Lillian (née Broderick). His father had been awarded the MC during the…

Quigley, Hugh

Quigley, Hugh (1818/19–1883), missionary priest and author, was born in Affogh (Affick), near Tulla, Co. Clare, the oldest of five, or perhaps six, sons and three daughters of Hugh and Mary Quigley (née Lynch). While Johanna Swartz argues that he was born in 1819 (based on his…

Quigley, James

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Quigley, Michael

Quigley, Michael (1768–1849), United Irishman, was born at Rathcoffey, Co. Kildare, eldest son of John Quigley (d. 1795), a farmer and builder, and his wife Mary (d. 1773). He attended school locally with Hugh Ware (qv) and took up the trade…

Quigley, Paul

Quigley, Paul (1923–2003), semi-state company executive, was born 4 February 1923 at 40 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, the youngest of four sons of James Quigley (see below), and his wife Linda (née Hynes). He grew up in the family residence at Leinster Road, Rathmines, attending the…

Quigley, Sir George

Quigley, Sir George (1929–2013), civil servant and businessman, was born William George Henry Quigley into a presbyterian family on 26 November 1929 in Drumrot, Moneymore, Co. Londonderry, the son of William George Quigley, a potato inspector for the Ministry of Agriculture, and his…

Quigly, Kathleen

Quigly, Kathleen (1888–1981), artist, was born 6 March 1888 in Dublin, daughter of Richard Quigly, civil engineer. After travelling abroad with her family in her early years, she attended the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, and enrolled c.1906 in the Dublin…

Quill, Michael Joseph

Quill, Michael Joseph (1905–66), trade union leader, was born 18 September 1905 in Gortloughera, Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry, seventh among five sons and three daughters of John Daniel Quill, farmer, of Gortloughera, and Margaret Quill (née Lynch), of Ballyvourney, Co. Cork. He attended…

Quill, Timothy (‘Thady’)

Quill, Timothy (‘Thady’) (c.1860–1932), subject of a lampooning ballad widely popular in south Munster, was the son of a small farmer from Carrigagulla, Ballinagree, near Macroom, Co. Cork. An itinerant labourer and occasional cattle-jobber, he was tall, exceptionally…

Quin, Coslett William Charles

Quin, Coslett William Charles (1907–95), clergyman and Irish scholar, was born 27 February 1907 at Derriaghy rectory, Co. Antrim, the only son of the Rev. Charles Edward Quin (d. 1936), rector of Derriaghy, and his wife Edith, daughter of Coslett Waddell of Magheralin, Co. Down.…

Quin, Edwin Richard Windham Wyndham-

Quin, Edwin Richard Windham Wyndham- (1812–71), 3rd earl of Dunraven and Mount Earl , antiquarian, and MP, was born 19 May 1812 in London, only son of Windham Henry Quin, 2nd earl of Dunraven and MP for Co. Limerick (1806–20), and his wife Caroline (d. May 1870), daughter and…

Quin, Henry

Quin, Henry (1717–91), medical doctor and lapidary, was probably born in Dublin, one of two sons and one daughter of Thomas Quin (d. 1767), an eminent apothecary in the city, and Isabella Quin (née Brownrigg), daughter of Henry Brownrigg, of Annagh, Gorey, Co. Wexford. He was…

Quin, James

Quin, James (1693–1766), actor, was born in King Street, Covent Garden, London, on 24 February 1693, the only child of James Quin, a barrister (educated at TCD and Lincoln's Inn, London), and Elizabeth Grindzell. Quin's paternal…

Quinlan, Patrick Michael

Quinlan, Patrick Michael (1919–2001), mathematical physicist and senator, was born 7 December 1919 at Ballinacrana, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, one of the two sons and a daughter of Jeremiah Quinlan and his wife, Josephine (née Casey), who lived comfortably on a modest farm in the…

Quinlan, Thomas

Quinlan, Thomas (1896–1970), Columban missionary and catholic bishop, was born 13 September 1896, in Pallas, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, son of Thomas Quinlan and his wife Mary (née Gleeson). He was educated at CBS, Thurles, and…

Quin, Michael Joseph

Quin, Michael Joseph (1796–1843), journalist and travel writer, was born in Co. Tipperary, the son of Morty Quin, a catholic distiller from Thurles. He entered TCD in 1811, but there is no record of his graduation. Called to the bar at…

Quinn, David Beers

Quinn, David Beers (1909–2002), historian, was born 24 April 1909 at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, the only child of David Quinn, a gardener, who was a native of Co. Tyrone, and of Albertina Quinn (née Devine) from Co. Cork, both of a Church of Ireland background. His childhood…

Quinn, Edel

Quinn, Edel (1907–44), missionary and Legion of Mary envoy to Africa, was born 14 September 1907 in the parish of Castlemagner near Kanturk, Co. Cork. Her father, Charles Quinn (b. 12 November 1871 in Tuam, Co. Galway), joined the National Bank and was posted to Kanturk, where he…

Quinn, Edward

Quinn, Edward (1920–97), photographer, was born 20 February 1920 in Dublin, younger of two sons of Edward Quinn, Guinness brewery worker, and Norah Quinn (née MacShane). The family lived in Dollymount, Dublin, where Edward was educated locally. On leaving school he fell into various…

Quinn, Hubert

Quinn, Hubert (1902–72), clergyman and writer, was born in Manchester, son of Joseph Quinn, carpenter and master builder from Hillhall, Co. Down, who married a Welsh methodist, Jane Williams. Quinn had one full sister (four years his elder) and a half-brother thirteen years older by…