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Ussher, Henry

Ussher, Henry (1741–90), astronomer, was fourth son of the Rev. Samuel Ussher (1695–1771), rector of Dunganstown, Co. Wicklow, and Frances Ussher (née Walsh). His grandfather, John Ussher of Mount Ussher, Co. Wicklow, was a master in chancery and third son of William Ussher of…

Ussher, Henry

Ussher, Henry (1550–1613), founding fellow of TCD and Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh, was the second son of Thomas Ussher of Dublin and his wife Margaret Geydon, daughter of Henry, alderman of Dublin. After matriculating from…

Ussher, James

Ussher, James (1581–1656), Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh and scholar, was born 4 January 1581 in St Nicholas parish, Dublin, fifth among ten children of Arland Ussher, clerk of chancery, and his wife Margaret Stanihurst. During his long life Ussher wrote many books and…

Ussher, John

Ussher, John (1524–1585?), merchant and mayor of Dublin, was the son of Christopher Ussher and his wife, Alison, daughter of Thomas Fitzwilliams, of Merrion, who after her first husband's death married James Fitzsimon and then Alderman James Sedgrave. Ussher had livery of his…

Ussher, Percy Arland

Ussher, Percy Arland (1899–1980), essayist and translator, was born 9 September 1899 at Battersea, London, son of Beverly Ussher, inspector of schools, and Emily Ussher (née Jebb). Educated at Abbotsholme School, Derbyshire, he had radical journals posted to him from Ireland, and so…

Ussher, Richard John

Ussher, Richard John (1841–1913), ornithologist and speleologist, was born 6 April 1841, the only child that survived infancy of Richard Kiely Ussher (1778–1854) of Cappagh, Co. Waterford, and his second wife, Isabella Ussher, daughter of Col. Jasper Grant, of Kilmurray, Co. Cork…

Ussher, Robert

Ussher, Robert (c.1592–1642), provost of TCD and Church of Ireland bishop of Kildare, was the youngest son of Henry Ussher (qv), archbishop of Armagh, and his wife Margaret Elliot. His father had played a key role in soliciting…