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Tólae

Tólae (d. 738), bishop of Clonard and a saint in the Irish tradition, is traced by an annotator of the Martyrology of Óengus (qv) (fl. c.830) to Dál Fiatach, although later sources are unanimous in assigning him to the…

Toland, John

Toland, John (1670–1722), freethinker and polemical writer, was probably born in Inishowen, Co. Donegal, on 30 November 1670. Reputed to be the illegitimate son of a catholic priest, Toland may have been baptised ‘Joannes Eugenius’, which he later altered to a pen name, ‘Janus…

Toler, John

Toler, John (1741?–1831), 1st earl of Norbury , judge and MP, was second son of Daniel Toler of Beechwood, Co. Tipperary, and of the latter's second wife, Letitia, daughter of Thomas Otway, of Castle Otway, also of Co. Tipperary. After school in Kilkenny, he attended…

Tollet, George

Tollet, George (d. c.1721/2), mathematician and early scientist, had (although details of his parents and date of birth are unknown) three brothers, Charles, John, and Thomas, and a sister, Mary. All of his siblings were married, and had children: Charles had a son named…

Tomelty, Joseph

Tomelty, Joseph (1911–95), actor and playwright, was born 12 March 1911 in Portaferry, Co. Down, son of James Tomelty, house painter and keen traditional musician, and Mary Tomelty (née Drumgoole). Apprenticed to his father's trade from the local school Ballyphilip at the age of 12…

Tone, Mathew

Tone, Mathew (1769?–98), French army officer, was the third son in the family of four sons and two daughters of Peter Tone (d. 1805), a coachmaker of Stafford St., Dublin, and his wife Margaret (d. 1818?), daughter of a ship's captain in the West India trade, probably James…

Tone, Matilda (Martha)

Tone, Matilda (Martha) (1769–1849), wife of Theobald Wolfe Tone (qv), is notable for her preservation and publication of his literary remains. She was born 17 June 1769 and called Martha, the eldest daughter in the family of four…

Tone, Theobald Wolfe

Tone, Theobald Wolfe (1763–98), United Irishman, political publicist, diarist, and French army officer, was born 20 June 1763 in 27 St Bride's St., just behind Dublin castle, but the family soon moved to 44 Stafford St. (now Wolfe Tone St.) where he spent his childhood. Tone was…

Tone, William Henry

Tone, William Henry (1764–1802), East India Company and mercenary soldier, was born in August 1764, second son in the family of four sons and two daughters of Peter Tone (d. 1805), a coachmaker of Stafford St., Dublin, and his wife Margaret (d. 1818?), daughter of a ship's captain…

Tone, William Theobald Wolfe

Tone, William Theobald Wolfe (1791–1828), officer in the French and American armies, was born 29 April 1791 in Dublin, a son of Theobald Wolfe Tone (qv) and his wife Matilda Tone (…

Tonna, Charlotte Elizabeth

Tonna, Charlotte Elizabeth (1790-1846), evangelical journalist and novelist, was born Charlotte Elizabeth Browne on 1 October 1790 in Norwich, England, daughter of Michael Browne, a minor canon of the cathedral, and his wife (probably a Murray). Her maternal grandmother, of Scots…

Tooke, Benjamin

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Tooke, Benjamin

Tooke, Benjamin (c.1642–1716), bookseller and printer, was born in England, probably the son of the Rev. Thomas Tuke, vicar of St Olave's, though he always spelt his name Took or Tooke. In 1657 he was apprenticed to John Crooke…

Topping, Walter William Buchanan

Topping, Walter William Buchanan (1908–78), barrister, judge, and politician, was born 13 January 1908 in Belfast, second son of Walter W. Topping, a manager of a linen warehouse, and his Scots wife, Jane. There were also at least two daughters in the prosperous household. He was…

Torbach (Calbach)

Torbach (Calbach) (d. 808), from Cluain Cracha, coarb (successor) of St Patrick (qv) at Armagh, died on 16 July 808, after only a year in office. His father Gormán, who had been the coarb of St…

Torrance, Francis

Torrance, Francis (1816–86), manufacturer and entrepreneur, was born in Co. Donegal, one among eight children of Francis Torrance, said to be the seventh in a direct line of farmers of that name who had come from Kirkintilloch, Scotland, and settled near Letterkenny, Co. Donegal,…

Torrance, George William

Torrance, George William (1835–1907), clergyman and composer, was born at Rathmines, Dublin, eldest son of George Torrance, tailor, and Elizabeth Torrance (née Flynn). Educated locally, he had a talent for music and at the age of 12 became a chorister at Christ Church cathedral (…

Torrens, David Smyth

Torrens, David Smyth (1897–1967), professor of physiology and amateur horologist, was born 10 September 1897 in the Carragh district of Culnaman townland, Moneydig, Garvagh, Co. Londonderry, eldest son among three sons and a daughter of David Torrens, farmer, and Margaret Torrens…

Torrens, Robert

Torrens, Robert (c.1780–1864), political economist, was born in Ulster, probably at Hervey Hill rectory, Kilrea, Co. Londonderry (though Hazelwood House, Rasharkin, Co. Antrim, has also been suggested). He was eldest among three children of Robert Torrens and his wife…

Torrens, Robert

Torrens, Robert (1774–1856), judge, was born 14 October 1774, near Dungiven, Co. Londonderry, second son of the Rev. Thomas Torrens (1741–c.1780) of Londonderry and his wife Elizabeth (d. early 1780s), daughter of Sir Samuel Curry. It is likely that he accompanied his…

Torrens, Sir Henry

Torrens, Sir Henry (1779–1828), British army general, was born in Derry city, fourth son of the Rev. Thomas Torrens and Elizabeth Torrens (née Curry). His brothers were the Ven. John Torrens (1761–1851), archdeacon of Dublin; Capt. Samuel Torrens, killed at Ferrol (1800); and the…

Torrens, Sir Robert Richard Chute

Torrens, Sir Robert Richard Chute (1812–84), politician and land reformer, was born in Cork on 31 May 1812, son of Robert Torrens (qv) and his first wife, Charity Herbert Chute. After graduating BA…

Torrens, William Torrens McCullagh

Torrens, William Torrens McCullagh (1813–94), politician and writer, was born 13 October 1813 at Delville, Co. Dublin, as William Torrens McCullagh, eldest son of James McCullagh, merchant, of Delville, and his wife Jane, daughter of Andrew Torrens of Dublin. He entered (1829)…

Tottenham, Charles

Tottenham, Charles (1685–1758), MP, was the only child of Edward Tottenham of Tottenhamgreen, Ballyloskeran, near Taghmon, Co. Wexford, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Hayman of Youghal, Co. Cork. Little is known of his early life other than his marriage, by 1713 (when…

Tottenham (Loftus), Sir Charles

Tottenham (Loftus), Sir Charles (1738–1806), 1st marquess of Ely and MP, was born 23 January 1738, the son of Sir John Tottenham (d. 1786), 1st baronet, and his wife Elizabeth daughter of Nicholas Loftus (1687–1763), 1st Viscount Loftus. He was returned for the borough of Clonmines, Co…