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Savage, William

Savage, William (fl. 1204), first of the Savage lords of the Ards, belonged to a family with close connections to Cheshire, England. His ancestors are said to have held lands in Cheshire and Derbyshire, and a charter of the earls of Chester indicates that one member of…

Savory, Sir Douglas Lloyd

Savory, Sir Douglas Lloyd (1878–1969), politician, was born 17 August 1878 in Palgrave, Suffolk, fifth of eleven children of the Rev. Ernest Lloyd Savory, rector of Palgrave, and Gertrude Savory (née Arrowsmith). He was educated at Marlborough College, the University of Paris, and…

Sayers, James

Sayers, James (1912–93), physicist, was born 2 September 1912 in Lislabin, Corkey, Co. Antrim, elder of two sons of James Sayers, a prosperous farmer, and his wife Rachel (née Matthews); he probably had an older sister (who may have died young) and a younger sister. James junior was…

Sayers, John

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Sayers, John Edward (‘Jack’)

Sayers, John Edward (‘Jack’) (1911–69), editor of the Belfast Telegraph, was born 13 July 1911 in Belfast, son of John Sayers, journalist on and later editor of the Belfast Telegraph, and Elizabeth Sayers (née Lemon) of Strandtown. John Sayers (1879–1939) was born…

Sayers, Michael

Sayers, Michael (1911–2010), writer and journalist, was born on 19 December 1911 in Dublin, the youngest of four children (three sons and a daughter) of Philip Sayers (1876–1964), a businessman, and his wife Molly (née Harmel). Philip Sayers was born in Lithuania, came to Ireland as…

Sayers, Peig (‘Peig Mhór’)

Sayers, Peig (‘Peig Mhór’) (1873–1958), storyteller, was born in Vicarstown, Dunquin, Co. Kerry, one of thirteen children of Tomás Sayers, storyteller and small farmer, and his wife Peig (née Ní Bhrosnacháin). She was baptised 29 March 1873 in Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry. Of English…

Sayers, Robert McMaster

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Scandlán

Scandlán (d. 643/6), son of Colmán and king of Osraige, belonged to a dynasty known as Dál mBirn which took its name from an alleged ancestor, Lóegaire Birn Buadach. Despite confusion in some sources, notably in the Book of Leinster, it appears that Scandlán's father was Colmán son…

Scanlan, Michael

Scanlan, Michael (1836–1917), Fenian, was born in November 1836 in Castlemahon, Co. Limerick, though his family left for America in 1843 and settled in Chicago, Illinois, where they set up a successful confectionery store; no other details of his parents are known. Largely self-…

Scanlan, Thomas

Scanlan, Thomas (1872–1930), MP, journalist, lawyer, and magistrate, was born 21 May 1872 at Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo, the second son of Matthew Scanlan, farmer, and his wife Catherine. After his education at Summerhill College, Sligo, he moved to Glasgow, where he worked for a time…

Scannell, Mary J. P. ('Maura')

Scannell, Mary J. P. ('Maura') (1924–2011), botanist, was born on 18 March 1924 in Cork city, one of seven children (five daughters and two sons) of Patrick Scannell, a carrier and contractor, and his wife Margaret (née Murnane). The family was well off, living in a villa on the South…

Scarampi, PierFrancesco

Scarampi, PierFrancesco (1596–1656), papal representative to the confederate catholics of Ireland, and provost of the Roman Oratory, was probably born on family lands near Montferrat on the Piedmont–Genovese border in northern Italy. His parents (of whom no other details are known…

Scharff, Jane

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Scharff, Robert Francis

Scharff, Robert Francis (1858–1934), naturalist, was born 9 July 1858 in Leeds, son of Edward Scharff of Germany. He studied zoology at University College, London (B.Sc.) and the universities of Edinburgh (MA…

Schomberg (Schönberg), Frederick Herman von

Schomberg (Schönberg), Frederick Herman von (1615–90), 1st duke of Schomberg , soldier of fortune, and commander-in-chief of William III's army in Ireland, was born 6 December 1615 at Heidelberg, Germany, the only son of Hans Meinhard von Schönberg (1582–1616), marshal of the…

Schrödinger, Erwin

Schrödinger, Erwin (1887–1961), physicist, was born 12 August 1887 in Vienna, Austria, the only child of Rudolf Schrödinger, prosperous owner of a linoleum and oilcloth business, and the bilingual Georgine Emilia Brenda, daughter of Alexander Bauer, professor of chemistry, and his…

Scott, Elisha (‘Leesh’, ‘Lee’)

Scott, Elisha (‘Leesh’, ‘Lee’) (1893–1959), soccer player, was born 24 August 1893 off the Donegall Road in the Shankill area of Belfast, one of the younger sons in a Church of Ireland family of ten (five girls and five boys) of William E. Scott, a yarn bundler, and his wife, Jane…

Scott, John

Scott, John (1739–98), 1st earl of Clonmell , lawyer, MP, and judge, was born 8 June 1739, third son of Thomas Scott, church of Ireland vicar of Urlings, Co. Kilkenny, afterwards of Modeshill and Mohubber, Co. Tipperary, and his wife Rachel, eldest daughter of Mark Prim of Johnswell…

Scott, John Martin

Scott, John Martin (1940–2012), biochemist, was born on 20 May 1940 in Dublin, the son of Martin Scott, an engineering inspector in local government, and Clare Scott (née Doran), who was a nurse before her marriage. He had one sister, and grew up in Churchtown, Co. Dublin, but…

Scott, Michael

Scott, Michael (1905–89), architect, was born 24 June 1905 in Drogheda, Co. Louth, second child among two sons and two daughters of William Scott, a school principal and later schools inspector from Co. Kerry, and Hilda Scott (née Daly), native of Cork city. In his childhood the family…

Scott, Robert Henry

Scott, Robert Henry (1833–1916), meteorologist and mineralogist, was born 28 January 1833 in Dublin, youngest son among five sons and one daughter of James Smyth Scott, lawyer, and his wife Louisa, daughter of Charles Brodrick (qv),…

Scott, Sir William Dalgeish

Scott, Sir William Dalgeish (1890–1966), MP and barrister, was born 12 November 1890 in Scotland. He was educated at Edinburgh University, where he won a Thow scholarship, two medals, and the Dalgety prize. After further study at the London School of Economics, he was admitted to…

Scott, Thomas

Scott, Thomas (c.1842–1870), adventurer and Canadian ‘martyr’, was born at Clandeboye, Co. Down, the son of a presbyterian tenant farmer, most likely on the earl of Dufferin's estate. By 1863 he had emigrated to Canada West (Ontario), where he worked as a labourer, and in…

Scott, William

Scott, William (1765–1858), shirt manufacturer, was born 12 March 1765 in the townland of Ballougry, in the Liberties of Derry city, the youngest of three sons of David Scott, a farmer, whose ancestors had held the farm since 1610. After a limited education, Scott was apprenticed to…