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Tenison, Henry

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Tenison, Richard

Tenison, Richard (1642–1705), Church of Ireland bishop of Meath, was one of three sons of Thomas Tenison of Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim. He was educated in that town and at St Bees in Cumberland, and entered TCD in 1659, taking his…

Tenison, Thomas

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Tennant (née Abraham), Margaret Mary Edith (May)

Tennant (née Abraham), Margaret Mary Edith (May) (1869–1946), promoter of workers’ rights and public health, was born 5 April 1869 at Rathgar, Co. Dublin, the only daughter of Dr George Whitley Abraham, a lawyer in the civil service, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Cornelius…

Tennent, Gilbert

Tennent, Gilbert (1703–64), presbyterian minister in America, was born 5 February 1703 in Vinecash, Co. Armagh, near Portadown, eldest son among four sons and a daughter of William Tennent (qv) (d. 1746), and his wife Catherine,…

Tennent, John

Tennent, John (1772–1813), United Irishman and French soldier, was born 11 October 1772, sixth child and third son of the Rev. John Tennent, minister of the Seceding Presbyterian congregation of Roseyards, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, and Anne Tennent (née Patton). Though 1772 was the year…

Tennent, John

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Tennent, Robert

Tennent, Robert (1765–1837), medical doctor, merchant, and philanthropist, was born 9 August 1765, fourth child and second son (of five) of the Rev. John Tennent and Anne Tennent (née Patton). One brother died young in the West Indies in 1794. After completing his medical studies…

Tennent, Sir James Emerson

Tennent, Sir James Emerson (1804–69), politician, author, and traveller, was born in North St., Belfast, on 7 April 1804, third and only surviving son of William Emerson (d. 1821), of Ardmore, Co. Armagh, a successful Belfast tobacco merchant, and Sarah Emerson, youngest daughter of…

Tennent, William

Tennent, William (1673–1746), presbyterian minister in America, was a son of John Tennent, a merchant in Edinburgh, and his wife Sarah Hume, and is believed to have been born in Mid Calder, West Lothian, Scotland, the family's ancestral home. The young man was well educated: he…

Tennent, William

Tennent, William (1705–77), presbyterian minister in America, was born in 1705 on either 3 June or 3 January 1705, in Ireland, possibly in Co. Armagh, but more likely in Co. Antrim, second son among four sons and a daughter of William…

Tennent, William

Tennent, William (1760–1832), Belfast merchant, banker, and United Irishman, was born 26 June 1760, second of the eight children and eldest of the five sons of the Rev. John Tennent, minister of the Seceding Presbyterian congregation of Roseyards, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, and Anne…

Thaddeus, Henry Jones

Thaddeus, Henry Jones (c.1859–1929), artist, was born Henry Thaddeus Jones at 32 Nile St., Cork, eldest in the large family of Thomas Jones, artisan specialising in ‘japanning’ (imitating oriental decoration on laquerware), and his wife, an O'Sullivan of west Cork. Henry…

Therry, John Joseph

Therry, John Joseph (1766–1853), commissioner of revenue, was the first son of James Therry of Castle Therry, near Glanworth, Co. Cork, and his wife Elizabeth (née Nagle), who appears to have been a first cousin of Edmund Burke (qv),…

Therry, John Joseph

Therry, John Joseph (1791–1864), catholic priest in Australia, was born in Cork city, son of John Therry and Eliza Therry (née Connolly). He was educated privately and in 1812 attended St Patrick's College, Carlow. After ordination (1815) by

Therry, Roger

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Thom, Alexander

Thom, Alexander (1801–79), printer and founder of Thom's Almanac, was born 18 April 1801 in Scotland (sources variously name Bervie, Findhorn, or Aberdeen as his place of birth), son of Walter Thom, writer, editor, and journalist. He was educated at the High School in…

Thomas

Thomas (d. p.1213), abbot of Glendalough, belonged to the Uí Muiredaig dynasty of north Leinster. In the Latin Life of Lorcán Ua Tuathail (qv), he is described as a nephew of the latter, which probably means…

Thomas, Caitlin

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Thomas, George

Thomas, George (1756–1802), military adventurer in India, was born in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. There are few details of his early life, but he appears to have come from a poor background and worked for some time in a corn warehouse in Youghal, Co. Cork. Around 1776 he left Ireland…

Thomas George Farquhar Paterson (Tommy)

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Thomas of Ireland (Thomas Hibernicus)

Thomas of Ireland (Thomas Hibernicus) (c.1275–p.1329), cleric at the university of the Sorbonne, and author of an important text-book for preachers, the ‘Manipulus florum’, was born in Ireland but seems to have spent most of his life in France, from where our…

Thomas of Ireland (Thomas Hibernigena)

Thomas of Ireland (Thomas Hibernigena) (d. c.1270), Irish Franciscan in the monastery of Aquila, Abruzzi, Italy. Almost nothing is known of him apart from his conjectured authorship of a moral concordance to the Bible grouped by feasts, called by Wadding (who first…

Thomas of Lancaster

Thomas of Lancaster (1388–1421), duke of Clarence , lieutenant of Ireland, and seneschal of England, was second son of Henry IV, and was appointed lieutenant of Ireland in July 1401 to secure a Lancastrian presence in the lordship. He arrived in Ireland in November 1401; but because…

Thompson, Bonar

Thompson, Bonar (1888–1963), radical orator, was born 16 December 1888 at Carnearney, Co. Antrim, son of Johnny Bambridge and Matilda Bonar, both presbyterian farm labourers. Brought up in extreme poverty by his aunt Eliza Thompson, he later remarked of his illegitimacy that he was…