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West, Trevor

West, Trevor (1938–2012), mathematician, politician and sportsman, was born on 8 May 1938 in Cork, the eldest of four sons of Timothy Roberts West, headmaster of Midleton College, Co. Cork, and Dorothy Trevor West (née McNeill), of Charleston, Ballinacurra, Co. Cork, who was CEO of…

Wetenhall, Edward

Wetenhall, Edward (1636–1713), Church of Ireland bishop of Cork and Ross, and later of Kilmore, was born 7 October 1636 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England; no details of his parents are available. He was initially educated at Westminster School, being admitted as a King's…

Whaley, Richard Chapel (Burn-Chapel)

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Whaley, Thomas (‘Buck’)

Whaley, Thomas (‘Buck’) (1766–1800), politician and rake, was born 15 December 1766, son of Richard Chapel Whaley (1700–69) a wealthy landowner, of Whaley Abbey, Co. Wicklow, and the only son of Richard Whaley (a. 1663–1725) and his wife Susanna, daughter of John Whaley…

Whalley, John

Whalley, John (1653–1724), quack, astrologer, and compiler of almanacs, was born 20 April 1653, son of a Cromwellian adventurer; no further details of his parents are known. Working as a cobbler in England before arriving in Dublin (March 1682), he compiled his first almanac the…

Wharton, Thomas

Wharton, Thomas (1648–1715), 1st marquess of Wharton , lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born in August 1648 at Watford in Hertfordshire. He was the third but first surviving son of Philip, 4th Baron Wharton, and his second wife, Jane. His father was a presbyterian and Thomas, after…

Whately, Richard

Whately, Richard (1787–1863), Church of Ireland archbishop of Dublin, was born 1 February 1787 in Cavendish Square, London, youngest of nine children of Joseph Whately, then vicar of Widford, Hertfordshire, and later prebendary of Bristol, and Jane Whately (née Plumer), whose…

Wheatley, Francis

Wheatley, Francis (1747–1801), artist, was born in Wild Court, Covent Garden, London, son of a master tailor; no other details of his parents are known. He studied under the artist Daniel Fournier (c.1700–c.1766) and in William Shipley's drawing school, where he…

Wheatley, John

Wheatley, John (1869–1930), socialist and publisher, was born 19 May 1869 at Bunmahon, Co. Waterford, eldest among three sons and seven daughters of Thomas Wheately, copper miner of Welsh extraction, and Johanna Wheately (née Ryan); it is not known when he came to use the spelling…

Wheeler, Anna Doyle

Wheeler, Anna Doyle (1785–1848/9), pioneer feminist and reformer, was born in Clonbeg parish, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, daughter of the Rev. Nicholas Milley Doyle , clergyman, and Anna Doyle (née Dunbar). Little is known of her mother, but her father graduated from…

Wheeler, George Bomford

Wheeler, George Bomford (1805/8–1877), anglican clergyman, classical scholar, and editor of the Irish Times, was son of James Wheeler; his mother's name is unknown. Very little is known of his early life and the records of TCD

Wheeler, Thomas Sherlock

Wheeler, Thomas Sherlock (1899–1962), chemist, was born 10 April 1899 at 48 Clonliffe Road, Dublin, eldest son of Martin Redmond Wheeler, clerk (MA), and Bridget Wheeler (née Sherlock). He received his early education in the O'Connell Schools,…

Wheeler, William Ireland de Courcy

Wheeler, William Ireland de Courcy (1844–99), surgeon, was born 29 February 1844 at Annesborough House, Co. Kildare, the elder and only surviving son of George Nelson Wheeler, landowner, of Annesborough and Pembroke Road, Dublin, and his wife, Williamza Florence, daughter of William…

Wheeler, William Ireland de Courcy

Wheeler, William Ireland de Courcy (1879–1943), surgeon, was born 8 May 1879 in Dublin, fourth son among six sons and four daughters of William Ireland de Courcy Wheeler (qv), a distinguished doctor, and Frances…

Whelan, Mary Elizabeth Morosini-

Whelan, Mary Elizabeth Morosini- (1923–2011), dancing teacher, was born on 23 February 1923 in Dublin, the third of five children of Joseph Whelan, a dancing teacher, and his wife Violetta (née Morosini), who was born in Verona, Italy. Violetta Morosini had trained as a concert…

Whelan, Michael

Whelan, Michael (1932–2007), businessman, was born on 1 May 1932 in Beaumont nursing home, Co. Galway, the eldest son of Michael Whelan of Bridge Street, Athenry, Co. Galway, and his wife Mary (née Hynes). His father was a wealthy footwear merchant, and Whelan boarded in Castleknock…

Whelan, (Michael) Leo

Whelan, (Michael) Leo (1892–1956), portrait and genre painter, was born 17 January 1892 at 20 St George's Villas, Fairview, Co. Dublin, one of two sons and three daughters of Maurice Whelan, a draper, of Co. Kerry ancestry, and Mary Whelan (née Cruise), from Co. Roscommon. The…

Whelan, Robert Ford

Whelan, Robert Ford (1922–84), physiologist, was born 22 December 1922 in Belfast, the eldest of the two sons of Robert Henry Whelan, civil servant, and Dorothy Ivy Whelan (née Whittington). His father was born in Dublin and came from a protestant family where practically all of the…

Whelan, William Augustine (‘Billy’; ‘Liam’)

Whelan, William Augustine (‘Billy’; ‘Liam’) (1935–58), soccer player, was born 1 April 1935 in 28 St Attracta's Road, Cabra, Dublin, fourth among seven children of John Whelan, labourer, and Elizabeth Whelan (née McGuirk). He was educated at St Peter's national school in nearby…

Whinnery, Thomas

Whinnery, Thomas (1759/60–1830), postmaster and spy, was in business at Newry, Co. Down, as a wine and spirit merchant until 1794 or 1795, when he was appointed postmaster of Belfast. As a state official he had a duty to open and read letters passing through his premises at 6…

White, Eirene Lloyd

White, Eirene Lloyd (1909–99), politician, was born 7 November 1909 at Anwylfan, St John's Ave., Belfast, eldest child among one daughter and two sons of Thomas Jones (1870–1955), briefly professor of economics at QUB (1909–10), and…

White, Francis

White, Francis (1787–1859), medical doctor and first inspector general of lunatic asylums in Ireland, was born in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, son of Francis White of Carrickbeg, Co. Waterford, and Anne White (née Lee). Moving to Dublin, he was indentured (17 March 1807) to the…

White, Harold R. (‘Dermot Macmurrough’)

White, Harold R. (‘Dermot Macmurrough’) (1872–1943), music journalist and composer, was born 12 January 1872 in Dublin, son of Edgar White, an engineer and surveyor. Possessed of a fine treble voice, he served as a chorister in Christ Church cathedral from 1881 to 1887 and…

White, Harry

White, Harry (1916–89), IRA activist, was born in Blackwater Street off the Grosvenor Road in west Belfast, one of ten children (five sons and five daughters) of Billy White, water technician with Belfast Corporation, and his wife Kathleen (née McKane). White's paternal grandfather…

Whitehead, O. Z. (Oothout Zabriskie; 'Zebby')

Whitehead, O. Z. (Oothout Zabriskie; 'Zebby') (1911–98), actor and Bahá'í pioneer, was born 18 March 1911 in New York city, USA, the son of O. Z. Whitehead, a wealthy banker living in Manhattan's Upper East Side, and his wife Maria. Enjoying a comfortable childhood, he attended the…