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Wright, Sir Almroth Edward

Wright, Sir Almroth Edward (1861–1947), bacteriologist, was born at Middleton Tyas, near Richmond, Yorkshire, England, second of five sons of the Rev. Charles Wright (qv), an Irish clergyman, and his Swedish wife Eva…

Wright, Thomas

Wright, Thomas (1760?–1812), army surgeon, medical writer, and United Irishman, was the second son in the family of eight sons and five daughters of Thomas Wright (1728–86) and his wife Eleanor (1736–1809), youngest daughter of Dr Thomas Bell (1683–1768), an army surgeon of Athlone…

Wright, William

Wright, William (1837–99), presbyterian missionary and author, was born 15 January 1837 at Finnards, near Rathfriland, Co. Down, youngest among three sons and two daughters of William Wright, farmer, and Jayne Wright (née Niblock). Educated at the local school in Ballykeel, he…

Wright, William

Wright, William (1918–85), professor of civil engineering, was born 3 December 1918 in Stewarton, Ayrshire (Strathclyde), Scotland, son of James Wright, presbyterian minister; his mother's name is not known. He received his early education at Inverness Royal Academy and George…

Wright, William (‘Billy’)

Wright, William (‘Billy’) (1960–97), loyalist paramilitary, was born in July 1960 in Wolverhampton in the west midlands of England, son of David Wright and his wife, both originally from Portadown, Co. Armagh. The Wrights had moved to England because of harassment after David…

Wrixon, Sir Henry John

Wrixon, Sir Henry John (1839–1913), lawyer and politician, was born 18 October 1839 in Cork, son of Arthur Nicholas Wrixon, later county court judge in Victoria, Australia, and his wife Charlotte Matilda, daughter of Capt. William Bace, who fought under the duke of…

Wyche, Sir Cyril

Wyche, Sir Cyril (c.1632–1707), chief secretary, lord justice, and forfeited estates trustee, was born in Constantinople, where his father, Sir Peter Wyche (d. 1643), was English ambassador. His mother, Jane Wyche, was a daughter of Sir William Meredith of Stansley in…

Wylde, Thomas

Wylde, Thomas (1780?–1813), cotton manufacturer and United Irishman, was born in England, one of the three sons and four daughters of Henry Wylde, owner of a cotton factory in the industrial village of Prosperous, Co. Kildare. Henry had settled in Ireland in the 1780s to avoid…

Wylie, Samuel Brown

Wylie, Samuel Brown (1773–1852), presbyterian minister, and oriental and classical scholar, was born 21 May 1773 at Moylarg, Co. Antrim, son of Adam Wylie, a prosperous farmer, and Margaret Wylie (née Brown). Educated locally, he entered the University of Glasgow, where he…

Wylie, William Evelyn

Wylie, William Evelyn (1881–1964), judge and doyen of the RDS, was born 26 June 1881 at Kenilworth House, Kenilworth Square, Dublin (the residence of his maternal uncle John Girdwood Drury), son of the Rev. Robert Beatty Wylie, LLD, minister (…

Wymes, Michael John

Wymes, Michael John (1907–89), policeman, was born 22 December 1907 at Lisdoo, Dundalk, Co. Louth, son of RIC constable (later head constable) Michael Wymes, and Margaret Wymes (née Collins). He had one brother, Patrick (P. J.), later…

Wyndham, George

Wyndham, George (1863–1913), politician and writer, was born 29 August 1863 in London, second child and eldest son of Percy Scawen Wyndham (1835–1911), landowner and conservative MP, and his wife Madeline Caroline Frances Eden (née Campbell; d. 1920). Background and early…

Wyndham, Thomas

Wyndham, Thomas (1681–1745), lord chancellor of Ireland, was born 27 December 1681, fourth and youngest son of John Wyndham of Norrington, Wiltshire, England, twice MP for Salisbury, and his wife Alice, daughter of Thomas Fownes of Dorset. He was also grandson of a notable English…

Wynne, Alice Clara (Veronica)

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Wynne, Emily Adelaide

Wynne, Emily Adelaide (1872–1958), textile artist and author, was born in Germany, the eldest of five children of Albert Augustus Wynne, a civil and mining engineer, and his wife and cousin Alice Katherine (née Wynne). With her sisters Winifred Frances Wynne (1873–1969), born in Co…

Wynne, Owen

Wynne, Owen (1665–1737), soldier and politician, was third son of Col. Owen Wynne of Lurganboy, Co. Leitrim, and his wife Catherine, daughter of Sir John Hamilton, 2nd Baron Strabane and earl of Abercorn. Wynne entered TCD on 10 May…

Wynne, Thomas Joseph

Wynne, Thomas Joseph (1838–93), photographer and shopkeeper, was born probably in the United States, where it is believed he grew up. His mother was third daughter of Richard MacEvilly, postmaster at Ballyglass, Claremorris, Co. Mayo; the identity of his father is not known. In…

Wynne, Winifred Frances

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Wyse, Andrew Reginald Nicholas Gerald Bonaparte

Wyse, Andrew Reginald Nicholas Gerald Bonaparte (1870–1940), civil servant and educationist, was born 1 November 1870 in Limerick, second of the four sons of William Charles Wyse, poet, and Ellen Linzee (d. 1925), daughter of W. G. Prout of St. Mabyn, Cornwall. William Charles…

Wyse, (Jeremiah) Pearse

Wyse, (Jeremiah) Pearse (1923–2009), politician and community activist, was born 2 March 1923 at 69 Barrack Street, Cork city, son of John Wyse (or Wise), pawnbroker's clerk, and his wife Julia (née Cronin), a native of Macroom. His father's death, when Wyse was 'confirmation age' (…

Wyse, Sir Thomas

Wyse, Sir Thomas (1791–1862), traveller, politician, educational reformer, and diplomat, was born 24 December 1791 in Waterford, the first child in the family of three sons and three daughters of Thomas Wyse (d. 1835) and his wife Frances Maria, only daughter and heiress of George…

Wyse, Thomas

Wyse, Thomas (1701?–70), industrialist and co-founder of the Catholic Committee, was the son of Francis Wyse (d. 1717) of the Manor of St John, Waterford, and his wife Mary, daughter of Thomas Masterson of Castletown and Moneyseed, Co. Wexford. Wyses had held property in County…

Wyse, William Charles

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Wyse (Wise), Sir William

Wyse (Wise), Sir William (d. 1557), courtier and politician, was born into a prominent family in Waterford city. His father, John Wyse, chief baron of the Irish exchequer, sent him to London, where for approximately twenty years he served at the court of Henry VIII. In 1511 he was…