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Scott, William Alphonsus

Scott, William Alphonsus (1871–1921), architect, was born 1 September 1871 in 19 Aughrim St., Dublin, eldest son of Anthony Scott (1845–1919), architect, and Kate Scott (née Hayes). Anthony Scott was clerk of works to Thomas Newenham Deane (qv),…

Scott, William George

Scott, William George (1913–89), painter, was born 15 February 1913 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, the eldest son of Irish-born William John Scott, house decorator and sign-painter, and Agnes Scott of Scottish descent. His early childhood was spent in Scotland but in 1924 the…

Scriven, Joseph Medlicott

Scriven, Joseph Medlicott (1819–86), preacher and hymn writer, was born 10 September 1819 at Ballymoney Lodge, near Banbridge, Co. Down, son of John Scriven, captain in the army and later churchwarden of Seapatrick parish church, and Jane Scriven (née Medlicott), possibly related…

Scrope, Stephen

Scrope, Stephen (c.1355–1408), justice and deputy lieutenant of Ireland, was third son of Richard, Lord Scrope of Bolton, and his wife Blanche, daughter of Sir William de la Pole, and became connected to Ireland late in the reign of

Scrope, William

Scrope, William (c.1350–1399), earl of Wiltshire , justiciar, eldest son of Richard, Lord Scrope of Bolton, and his wife Blanche, daughter of Sir William de la Pole, became associated with Ireland in the latter years of the reign of

Scully, Denys

Scully, Denys (1773–1830), political writer and champion of catholic emancipation, was born on 4 May 1773, seventh child and second son of James Scully (1737–1816), a prosperous grazier who in 1780 settled at Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary, and his wife Catherine Lyons, of Croome House…

Scully, James

Scully, James (1737–1816), grazier, banker, and diarist, was born 9 November 1737, a son in the family of two daughters and seven surviving sons of Roger Scully (1713–83) of Ballysheehan and later Dualla, townlands near Cashel, Co. Tipperary (to which district the Scullys had…

Scully, Reginald William

Scully, Reginald William (1858–1935), botanist, was born in 1858; details of his family background and childhood are unknown. He attended the Royal College of Physicians (FRAMI 1885) and for a time was assistant…

Scully, Vincent

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Scully, Vincent

Scully, Vincent (1810–71), barrister, landowner, banker, and politician, was the second son in the family of five sons and three daughters of Denys Scully (qv) and his second wife, Katherine (d. 1843), daughter of Vincent Eyre of…

Scully, William

Scully, William (1821–1906), landowner, was born 23 November 1821 in Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary, the youngest son of Denys Scully (qv), lawyer, and his second wife, Katherine (née Eyre; d. 1843). The Scullys were a prosperous catholic…

Sears, David

Sears, David (1899–51), newspaper proprietor, journalist, playwright, was born 24 May 1899 in the family home at Parnell Street, Wexford town, son of William Sears (qv), proprietor of the Enniscorthy Echo, and his wife, Gretta (née…

Sears, William

Sears, William (1868–1929), newspaper proprietor and politician, was born in the Neale, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, eldest son of Mark Frederick Sears. He had at least two younger brothers: Mark became a peace commissioner in Ballinrobe and Richard (d. 1914) was a journalist on the Irish…

Secundinus (Sechnall)

Secundinus (Sechnall) (d. c.447), missionary bishop in Ireland, was sent, according to some annalistic sources (AI; AU), with Auxilius (qv) and Iserninus (qv), in…

Sedgrave, Walter

Sedgrave, Walter (1546–1621), catholic merchant and alderman of Dublin, was the eldest son of Christopher Sedgrave (d. 1589) and his wife Alice, daughter of Nicholas Humphrey, alderman of Dublin. The Sedgraves were part of Dublin's merchant elite, holding considerable property and…

Sedulius Scottus (‘the Irishman’)

Sedulius Scottus (‘the Irishman’) (fl. mid 9th cent.), Irish scholar and poet at the court of Charles the Bald, is a key figure in the later Carolingian renaissance, and an invaluable witness to the learning of the Irish peregrini. Nothing is known of his…

Ségéne

Ségéne (fl. 623–52), 5th abbot of Iona, was son of Fiachna and nephew of Laisrén, 3rd abbot, and successor in the abbacy to Fergno Brit (qv). He was a kinsman of Colum…

Segrave, Sir Henry O'Neal de Hane (Dehane)

Segrave, Sir Henry O'Neal de Hane (Dehane) (1896–1930), land- and water-speed record holder, was born 22 September 1896 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, the only child of Charles William Segrave, of the British consular service and later JP for…

Semple, George

Semple, George (c.1700–82), architect, engineer, and building contractor, was born in Dublin, son of a workman; nothing more is known of his family background. Admitted a freeman of the city of Dublin (1735), he served an apprenticeship as a bricklayer; his earliest known…

Semple, John

Semple, John (1801–82), architect, was born in Dublin, the eldest son of John Semple (1763–1840) engineer and architect. As tradesmen, builders, engineers, and architects the Semple family formed a ubiquitous presence in Georgian Dublin.

Semple, Thomas (‘Tom’)

Semple, Thomas (‘Tom’) (1879–1943), hurler, was born 8 April 1879 in Drumbane, Co. Tipperary, son of Martin Semple, bottler, and Anne Semple (née Long). On leaving school he moved to Thurles, where he worked for the Great Southern Railway Co. and became a member of the Thurles Blues…

Senán

Senán (fl. 6th/7th cent.), abbot of Inis Cathaig (Scattery Island, near Kilrush, Co. Clare), and saint in the Irish tradition, was (according to the genealogies) son of Gerrcenn, son of Dubthach of the Corco Baiscinn, who inhabited an area north of the Shannon estuary. His…

Senchán Torpéist

Senchán Torpéist (early 7th cent.?), poet and scholar. A few verses relating to Leinster genealogical tradition, apparently early, are attributed to him: one of these is said to derive from the ‘Cocangab Már’ (the great compilation), evidently a collection of lore for which Senchán…

Senier, Alfred

Senier, Alfred (1853–1918), chemist, was born 24 January 1853 at Burnley, Lancashire, son of Alfred Senier, pharmacist, from Dover, Wisconsin, USA, and his wife Jane (née Sutherland). Shortly after his birth the family returned to America, where Senier grew up and was educated. He…

Seward, William Wenman

Seward, William Wenman (d. 1805), attorney and writer, may have been born in Dublin. Little is known of his family or early life. In May 1776 he was admitted as an exchequer attorney at King's Inns, Dublin, and from c.1782 he lived at Prussia St., conducting his legal…