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Veitch, James Andrew

Veitch, James Andrew (c.1770–1856?), surgeon, was born in Scotland and graduated MD from Edinburgh University. He then served as a surgeon in the British army, and was quartered in Longford during the 1798 rebellion. As the first…

Venables, Robert

Venables, Robert (1612?–1687), soldier, was the son of Robert Venables of Antrobus, Cheshire, England, and his wife Ellen, daughter of Richard Simcox of Rudheath. He joined the parliamentarian army on the outbreak of the English civil war in 1642 and was captured at the battle of…

Verdon (Verdun), Sir John de

Verdon (Verdun), Sir John de (c.1226–1274), landowner, was the son of Theobald Butler (qv) (d. 1230) and his second wife, Rohese, daughter and heir of Nicholas de Verdon. Nicholas was the…

Vereker, Charles

Vereker, Charles (1768–1842), 2nd Viscount Gort , naval and militia officer, and MP, was the second son of Thomas Vereker of Roxborough, Limerick, and his wife Juliana, sister of John Prendergast Smyth, 1st Viscount Gort. His Vereker ancestry was Flemish but the family was long…

Vergilius

Vergilius of Echternach (fl. 709–721/2) was one of two early named insular scribes (the other is Laurentius) attached to the monastery of Echternach, Luxembourg, founded in 698 by the Anglo-Saxon monk Willibrord (qv). Vergilius…

Verling, James Roche

Verling, James Roche (1787–1858), army surgeon, was born at Cove, Co. Cork, on 27 February 1787, second son in the family of five sons and two daughters of John Verling and his wife, Eleanor (née Roche), of Cove. The Verlings were a wealthy and influential catholic family long…

Verner, James

Verner, James (1746–1822), MP, and high sheriff for Counties Armagh, Dublin, Meath, Monaghan, and Tyrone, was born 1 March 1746, eldest of two sons and three daughters of David Verner and Elizabeth Verner (née Crossle) of Churchill, Co. Armagh. James Verner was MP for the…

Verner, Thomas

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Verner, William

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Vernon, John Fane

Vernon, John Fane (1849–1923), lawyer, land agent, JP, and governor of the Bank of Ireland, was born 5 July 1849 at Bingfield, Co. Cavan, the eldest of the two sons and one daughter of John Edward Vernon of Erne Hill, Co. Cavan, land agent,…

Verschoyle, Barbara

Verschoyle, Barbara (1750/53–1837), land agent and philanthropist, was born in Dublin, the sixth of eight daughters of Bryan Fagan (d. 1761), land agent for the Fitzwilliam estate in Dublin and brewer, and Elizabeth Fagan (d. 1788), both of Dublin. Bryan Fagan's brewery was on…

Vescy (Vesci), William de

Vescy (Vesci), William de (1245–97), justiciar of Ireland, was born 19 September 1245, the younger son of William de Vescy and his second wife, Agnes, daughter of William de Ferrers, earl of Derby, co-heiress of the great estates of William…

Vesey, Agmondesham

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Vesey, Agmondesham

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Vesey, Elizabeth

Vesey, Elizabeth (c.1715–1791), literary hostess, was born in Killaloe, Co. Kilkenny, second daughter of Sir Thomas Vesey (qv), bishop of Ossory, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Denny Muschamp (qv).…

Vesey, John

Vesey, John (1638–1716), Church of Ireland archbishop of Tuam, was born 10 March 1638 in Coleraine, the eldest son of the Rev. Thomas Vesey (see below). He was educated at Westminster School and was apparently ordained deacon and priest under the protectorate (and thus while under…

Vesey, Thomas

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Vicars, Sir Arthur Edward

Vicars, Sir Arthur Edward (1864–1921), genealogist and antiquarian, was born 27 July 1864 in Leamington, Warwickshire, England, youngest child among three sons and one daughter of Col. William Henry Vicars (1800/01–69), of HM 61st Regt., and Jane Mary Vicars (1821–73), third…

Victory (Thomas Joseph) Gerard

Victory (Thomas Joseph) Gerard (1921–95), composer and music producer, was born 24 December 1921 in Dublin, son of Thomas Victory, a small shopkeeper who had settled in Dublin and had business premises in Thomas Street, and his wife, Delia Victory (née Irwin), who came from Galway.…

Vierpyl, Simon

Vierpyl, Simon (c.1725–1810), sculptor and stone carver, was born in London of Dutch parents, and studied sculpture with the brothers Peter and Henry Scheemakers. He went to Rome about 1750 and there came to the attention of James…

Vignoles, Charles Augustus

Vignoles, Charles Augustus (1789–1877), clergyman and antiquary, was born 25 July 1789 at the family seat of Conahir, near Tyrrelspass, Co. Westmeath, eldest child of Revd John Vignoles (1740–1819) and Anna Honoria Vignoles (née Low), of Castlelost West, Co. Westmeath. His…

Vignoles, Charles Blacker

Vignoles, Charles Blacker (1793–1875), civil engineer, was born 31 May 1793 at Woodbrook near Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Descended from a notable French huguenot family, his father, Capt. Charles Henry Vignoles, married a daughter of Dr Charles Hutton,…

Vigors, Nicholas Aylward

Vigors, Nicholas Aylward (1785?–1840), zoologist, soldier, and liberal MP, was probably born in 1785 (although some sources claim 1787) at Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow, eldest surviving son of Capt. Nicholas Aylward Vigors, 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment, of Old Leighlin and Belmont, Co…

Villiers, George William Frederick

Villiers, George William Frederick (1800–70), 4th earl of Clarendon , lord lieutenant of Ireland (1847–52), was born 26 January 1800 in London, eldest son of George Villiers and his wife Theresa, daughter of John Parker, 1st Baron Boringdon. His paternal grandfather was Thomas…