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Roberts, Richard

Roberts, Richard (1803–41), sailor, was third son of Richard Roberts, JP and captain of the Passage Yeomanry, of Ardmore, Passage West, Co. Cork, and his second wife, Mary Anne Neville, daughter of Norcott d'Esterre of Killura and Castle…

Roberts, Ruaidhrí Butler

Roberts, Ruaidhrí Butler (1917–86), trade unionist, was born 1 January 1917 at 40 Grosvenor Road, Rathmines, Co. Dublin, one of two sons of George Roberts (qv), publisher, of that address and of 3 Montalto, Sorrento Road, Dalkey, Co.…

Roberts, Sir Randal Howland

Roberts, Sir Randal Howland (1837–99), 4th baronet, writer and soldier, was born 28 March 1837 at Robert's Cove, Britfieldstown, Co. Cork, the only child of Sir Thomas Howland Roberts (1804–64), 3rd baronet and landowner, and his first wife, Eliza Caroline Roberts (née Maitland).…

Roberts, Thomas

Roberts, Thomas (1748–78), painter, was baptised 22 May 1748 in Waterford city, one of the large family of John Roberts (qv), the distinguished architect who designed both of Waterford's cathedrals, and his wife, Mary Susannah Sautelle, of…

Roberts, Thomas Sautelle

Roberts, Thomas Sautelle (1760–1826), artist, was born in Waterford city, son of John Roberts (qv), architect, and his wife, Mary Susannah Sautelle. His elder brother was Thomas Roberts (qv).…

Roberts, William Randall

Roberts, William Randall (1830–1897), Fenian leader and American politician, was born 6 February 1830 in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, son of Randall Roberts, baker, and Mary Roberts (née Bishop). He was educated locally and in July 1849 left with his family for the USA. For several years…

Robinson, Andrew

Robinson, Andrew (1858–1929), architect and civil servant, was born 17 February 1858 in Co. Antrim, youngest son of George Robinson of Ballytweedy, Muchamore, Co. Antrim. He received his primary education in Co. Antrim but later studied in Belfast in hopes of pursuing a degree in…

Robinson, Anne Marjorie

Robinson, Anne Marjorie (1858–1924), miniature portrait painter, was born 15 August 1858 in Belfast. She showed a considerable talent in art from an early age and expressed herself by decorating her exercise books at school. Through the influence of…

Robinson, Bryan

Robinson, Bryan (c.1680–1754), MD and scholar, was the only son of Christopher Robinson, MD, of Dublin, and his wife Mary. A sister, Mary, died in infancy. Robinson graduated MB (1709) and MD from…

Robinson, Christopher

Robinson, Christopher (1712?–87), judge, was born in Dublin, the first of three sons of a Dublin physician, Bryan Robinson (qv). The second son was Robert Robinson (qv) the state physician…

Robinson, David Lubbock

Robinson, David Lubbock (1882–1943), British soldier, republican, senator, and hockey player, was born 11 August 1882 in Dublin, the second of the three sons and one daughter of John Joseph Robinson, Church of Ireland clergyman, and his wife, Henrietta Harriet, youngest daughter…

Robinson, David Marcus (‘Markey’)

Robinson, David Marcus (‘Markey’) (1918–99), painter, was born 7 February 1918 at 4 Arkwright St., Belfast, elder of two sons of David Robinson, house painter, and Hannah Robinson (née Hunt), stitcher. He attended Perth St. public elementary school, where his artistic talent was…

Robinson, David Willis

Robinson, David Willis (1928–2004), scientist and horticulturalist, was born 2 April 1928 in Belfast, second son of William Robinson and his wife Eva (née Rice), who had two other sons. His father had a small building business, and in the difficult years of the 1930s also sold bedding…

Robinson, Dolly

Robinson, Dolly (1901–77), artist and theatre designer, was born Dorothy Travers Smith on 26 October 1901 in Dublin, daughter of Richard Travers Smith, MD, FRCPI, of 20…

Robinson, Howard Waterhouse

Robinson, Howard Waterhouse (1913–2000), chartered accountant and banker, was born 21 September 1913 in Dublin, second child among three sons and two daughters of Ernest St Clair Robinson (1882–1947), barrister at law, of Glenageary, Co. Dublin, and Lillian (‘Dolly’) Robinson (née…

Robinson, John Joseph

Robinson, John Joseph (1887–1965), architect, was born 17 October 1887 at ‘Rathruadh’, Marlborough Rd, Glenageary, Co. Dublin, son of John Loftus Robinson, architect (see below), and Mary Josephine Robinson (née Ryan). Shortly before John Joseph's seventh birthday, his father died…

Robinson, John Loftus

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Robinson, Joseph

Robinson, Joseph (1887–1955), republican, was born 21 April 1887 at Sevastopol Street, Belfast, first of two sons and one daughter of James Robinson, industrial-mould maker, and his wife, Sarah Jane (née Black), wool weaver. His parents, the children of exiled Fenians, were both…

Robinson, Joseph

Robinson, Joseph (1816–98), baritone singer, composer, conductor, and professor of music, was born 20 August 1816 in Dublin, second son of Francis Robinson, also a baritone singer and professor of music; nothing is known of his mother. Joseph's family was steeped in music, particularly…

Robinson, Lennox

Robinson, Lennox (1886–1958), playwright and director, was born Esmé Stuart Lennox Robinson on 4 October 1886 near Douglas, Co. Cork, youngest of seven children (of whom twins died in infancy) of Andrew Craig Robinson, stockbroker, and Emily Anna Robinson (née Jones). When Lennox was…

Robinson, Mina

Robinson, Mina (fl. 1893–1910), founder of the Irish Decorative Art Association, was probably born in Belfast; nothing is known of her early life. In the early 1890s she began holding art classes from her home in Cliftonville in that city and then, from 1894, from her…

Robinson, Paschal

Robinson, Paschal (1870–1948), journalist, medieval historian, diplomat, and papal nuncio to Ireland, was born 26 April 1870 in 49 Percy Place, Dublin, and christened Charles Edward Neville, second of three sons of Nugent Robinson, secretary of the waterworks committee of Dublin…

Robinson, Richard

Robinson, Richard (1709–94), 1st Baron Rokeby , Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh, was the sixth son of Sir William Robinson (1675–1720), landowner, of Rokeby Park, Greta Bridge, Yorkshire, and Anne (d. 1730), daughter of Robert Walters of Cundall, Yorkshire. Robinson was…

Robinson, Robert

Robinson, Robert (c.1713–1770), MD, state physician, and lecturer, was second of three sons of Bryan Robinson (qv), physician, and Mary Robinson of Mary St., Dublin. Robert entered TCD…

Robinson, Samuel

Robinson, Samuel (1865–1958), businessman and philanthropist, was born 9 June 1865 in Culcrum, near Cloughmills, Co. Antrim, eldest son among three sons and two daughters of Samuel Robinson, farmer, and Margaret Robinson (née Megaw). His mother's family, the Megaws, produced…