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Reilly, Thomas Devin

Reilly, Thomas Devin (1824–54), nationalist and journalist, was born 30 March 1824 in Monaghan town, one of at least two sons of Thomas Reilly, a solicitor with a large practice in Monaghan and Dublin. A catholic, Thomas senior was appointed solicitor for lunatics and minors in…

Reily, James

Reily, James (c.1735–p.1780), miniature-painter, was born in Dublin into modest family circumstances; it is possible his father was a painter. He was educated at the Blue Coat School, Oxmantown, Dublin (1745–8), and attended drawing classes at…

Reily (Reilly, O'Reilly), Hugh

Reily (Reilly, O'Reilly), Hugh (d. c.1695), Jacobite lord chancellor of Ireland and historian, was born in Co. Cavan, though his parents and date of birth are unknown. He was appointed (22 May 1686) a master in chancery by James…

Relhan, Anthony

Relhan, Anthony (1715–76), physician, was born in Dublin, son of Anthony Relhan, merchant, and Margaret Relhan (d. 1750). Educated at Dr Sheridan's school in Dublin, he entered TCD in November 1730, was made a scholar (1734) and…

Renehan, Laurence F.

Renehan, Laurence F. (1797/8–1857), priest, bibliophile, and president of Maynooth College 1845–57, was born at Longford Pass, in the parish of Gurtnahoe, Co. Tipperary, second son of Laurence Renehan, farmer, and Catherine Renehan (née Borden). Destined for the church from an…

Rennie, John

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Rennie, John

Rennie, John (1761–1821), civil engineer, was born 7 June 1761 at Phantassie, near East Linton, Haddingtonshire (East Lothian), Scotland, fourth son of James Rennie, farmer, and Jean Rennie (née Rennie), who is believed to have been a cousin. His elder brother was George Rennie (…

Renny, George

Renny, George (1757–1848), surgeon, was born 18 August 1757 at Falkirk, Scotland, son of George Renny, procurator-fiscal (and later baillie) of Falkirk, and Jean Renny (née Glasgow) of Ayrshire. He was educated at Edinburgh University and entered the army (1775) as a surgeon's…

Renouf, Louis Percy Watt

Renouf, Louis Percy Watt (1887–1968), zoologist, was born 11 December 1887 in Lewisham, London, son of Philip Renouf and Jane Renouf (née Tomlin) of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. His father, a mechanical engineer, worked on the design and manufacturing of bicycles and…

Renouf, Peter le Page

Renouf, Peter le Page (1822–97), church historian and Egyptologist, was born 23 August 1822 in St Peter Port, Guernsey, the eldest child of Joseph Renouf, Master of the Town Hospital school in St Peter Port, and his wife Mary (née le Page). His brother Frederick drowned at sea in…

Rentoul, James Alexander

Rentoul, James Alexander (1845–1919), presbyterian minister, lawyer and politician, was born at Errity House, Manorcunningham, Co. Donegal, on 7 August 1845, eldest son (of three sons and five daughters) of Alexander Rentoul, presbyterian minister, and his wife Erminda (née Chittick…

Rentoul, John Laurence

Rentoul, John Laurence (1846–1926), presbyterian minister, academic, and poet, was born 6 July 1846 at Garvagh, Co. Londonderry, fourth son of the Rev. James Buchan Rentoul (d. 1886) and his wife Sarah, daughter of the Rev. William Wilson of Crossgar. He was educated at…

Rewcastle, Attracta Genevieve

Rewcastle, Attracta Genevieve (1897–1951), doctor and public figure, was born 6 September 1897 in Ballaghadereen, Co. Mayo, daughter of Bartholomew Candon, publican and grocer, and Winifred Candon (née Casey). She studied in Galway and Dublin, graduating…

Reynell, Richard

Reynell, Richard (1625–99), politician and judge, was born in East Ogwell, Devonshire, England, second son of Sir Richard Reynell, knight, and his wife Mary (née Reynell). He entered the Middle Temple in 1642, but was not called to the English bar until 1653. He later moved to Ireland…

Reynolds, Albert

Reynolds, Albert Martin (1932–2014), businessman, politician and taoiseach, was born in Roosky, Co. Roscommon, on 3 November 1932, youngest of four children (three sons and one daughter) of John P. Reynolds and his wife Catherine (née Dillon) from Cloone, Co. Leitrim.…

Reynolds, Andrew

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Reynolds, Augustus Percival Harald (‘Percy’)

Reynolds, Augustus Percival Harald (‘Percy’) (1895–1983), accountant, company director, racehorse owner and breeder, was born 29 August 1895 at 9 Florence St., Dublin, son of John Richard Reynolds, bookkeeper, and Mary Reynolds (née Griffin). Educated at the O'Connell Schools, he…

Reynolds, Charles

Reynolds, Charles (d. c.1536), Fitzgerald envoy to the pope, was a member of a prominent Meath ecclesiastical family, which may have been a branch of the Gaelic Irish Mac Raghnaill dynasty that had moved at some time into the Pale. By the time of the outbreak in 1534 of…

Reynolds, Christopher Augustine

Reynolds, Christopher Augustine (1834–93), first catholic archbishop of Adelaide, Australia, was born 25 July 1834 in Dublin, son of Patrick Reynolds and Elizabeth Reynolds (née Bourke). He received his early education from the Carmelite brothers in Clondalkin. In 1852 he went to…

Reynolds, Doris Livesey (Mrs Arthur Holmes

Reynolds, Doris Livesey (Mrs Arthur Holmes ) (1899–1985), geologist, was born 1 July 1899 in England, daughter of Alfred Reynolds and Louisa Margaret Reynolds (née Livesey). Educated at Palmer's school, Grays, Essex, and at Bedford College, University of London, she was appointed…

Reynolds, George

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Reynolds, George Nugent

Reynolds, George Nugent (c.1770–1802), poet, wit, and head of the Reynolds family of Loughscur, was born at Letterfine, Co. Leitrim, son of George Reynolds (d. 1786), also called George Nugent Reynolds or ‘Squire’ Reynolds, and Jane Reynolds (née Connell) from Cranary, Co…

Reynolds, James

Reynolds, James (1710?–1778), catholic lobbyist, was eldest son of Thomas Reynolds and his wife Margaret Lacy. Reynolds's father, Thomas, was eldest son of Connor Reynolds of Rhynn Castle, Co. Leitrim, but, as a catholic, under the penal laws he was deprived of his inheritance when a…

Reynolds, James

Reynolds, James (c.1765–1808), physician and United Irishman, was born probably in the mid 1760s and was, according to ‘a McReynolds family historian’, one of at least two sons of James McReynolds, a miller at Cloghog in the parish of Clonoe, Co. Tyrone (Mayes &…

Reynolds, James Emerson

Reynolds, James Emerson (1844–1920), chemist, was born 8 January 1844 at 5 Booterstown Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, son of James Reynolds, doctor, and his wife (née Campbell), from England. He was named after his great-uncle, Capt. Emerson, RN. His…