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Young, Mary ('Jenny Diver')

Young, Mary ('Jenny Diver') (c.1704–41), notorious pickpocket and head of a criminal gang, was born c.1704 in the north of Ireland. There are no extant records relating to Young's early life so most accounts rely on the text published by James Guthrie, The…

Young, Mary Ursula

Young, Mary Ursula (1783–1830), Ursuline nun and writer, was born 9 October 1783 at Dublin, the eldest child of Charles Young (qv), merchant, and his wife Margaret Young (née Hervey). They were a devout family: four of Mary's brothers…

Young, Matthew

Young, Matthew (1750–1800), clergyman, Irish scholar, and natural philosopher, was born 3 October 1750 at Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, fourth son of Owen Young, a minor landowner who impoverished his family through dissolute habits, and Olivia Maria Young (née Bell). He was educated…

Young, Peter

Young, Peter (1950–99), soldier and archivist, was born 16 June 1950 at Holles St. maternity hospital, Dublin, second son of Peter Young, army commandant (originally of Cork) and Mary Young (née Condon), living at 29 Skreen Road, off Navan Road, near McKee Barracks, Dublin. He had…

Young, Robert

Young, Robert (1800–p.1867), poet, known as ‘Fermanagh True Blue’, was born at or near Fintona, Co. Tyrone, into humble circumstances. He described himself as ‘an almost illiterate journeyman nailor’ (Orange minstrel, xvi) and was resentful all his life of his lack…

Young, Robert

Young, Robert (1822–1917), architect, was born 22 February 1822 in Donegall St., Belfast, third son of James Young (d. 1846) from Dundrod, Co. Antrim, a prosperous presbyterian linen manufacturer and woollen merchant and wholesaler; the firm he founded in Belfast was still in…

Young, Robert Magill

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Young, Rose Maud (Ní Ó hÓgain, Róis)

Young, Rose Maud (Ní Ó hÓgain, Róis) (1865–1947), Irish-language scholar, was born 30 October 1865 in Galgorm Castle, near Ballymena, Co. Antrim, fifth daughter among seven daughters and five sons of John Young (1826–1915) and his first wife, Grace (née Savage). John Young was a…

Young, Samuel

Young, Samuel (1822–1918), businessman and MP, was born 14 February 1822 in Dunavaly, Portaferry, Co. Down, third son of Samuel Young, farmer, and his wife Sarah, daughter of Arthur Black of Ballyhaft, near Newtownards. Samuel was educated locally and at the Old College, Belfast,…

Young, Sir John

Young, Sir John (1807–76), 1st Baron Lisgar , chief secretary for Ireland and governor-general of New South Wales and Canada, was born 31 August 1807 in Bombay, India, eldest son of Sir William Young, 1st baronet (d. 1848) of Bailieborough Castle, Co. Cavan, director and…

Young, Sydney

Young, Sydney (1857–1937), chemist, was born 29 December 1857 at Farnworth, Lancs., third son of Edward Young, JP and prosperous Liverpool merchant, and his wife Grace Martha, daughter of James Kimmins of Stonehouse, Glos. He was educated at…