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Anderson, Albert Wesley

Anderson, Albert Wesley (1907–86), industrialist and politician, was born 23 July 1907 in Derry city, elder son and second among four children of Sir Robert Newton Anderson of Derry, industrialist and politician, and his wife Lydia Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Elliott Smith, banker…

Andrews, Michael

Andrews, Michael (1788–1870), industrialist, was third son of Michael Andrews (d. 1805), linen bleacher, of Annsborough, near Castlewellan, Co. Down, and Elizabeth Andrews (née Meek), who was Scottish. He had three sisters. The Andrews family was of great importance in the…

Andrews, Thomas

Andrews, Thomas (1873–1912), shipbuilder, was born 7 February 1873 at Ardara, Comber, Co. Down, where his family, members of the non-subscribing presbyterian church, had been prominent in business for several generations. He was the second son of Thomas Andrews (1843–1916), for…

Andrews, Thomas

Andrews, Thomas (1843–1916), politician and linen magnate, was born 26 February 1843 in Comber, Co. Down, fourth and youngest son of John Andrews, JP, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of William…

Bačík, Charles

Bačík, Charles (1910–91), co-founder of modern Waterford Glass, later Waterford Crystal, was born in Nová Říše, near Prague, Czechoslovakia, on 25 June 1910, the second son of Dr Karel Bačík and his wife, Milada, née Hora. He graduated from Charles University, Prague, with a science…

Ball, John

Ball, John (1728–1804), silk manufacturer, was probably the John Ball who was the son of Richard and Abigail Ball of Dublin and was baptised at St Catherine's church in April 1728. Richard Ball's forebears lived at Ardee, Co. Louth, and were descended from a Cromwellian officer,…

Barbour, John

Barbour, John (1753?–1823), manufacturer, was born in Scotland, probably at Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, near Paisley, in either 1753 or early 1759, eldest son of John Barbour and his wife, whose name may have been Jean Connel, both of Kilbarchan, where the family had linen works. They…

Barbour, John Doherty

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Barbour, Sir John Milne

Barbour, Sir John Milne (1868–1951), industrialist and politician, was born 4 January 1868 at The Fort, Dunmurry, near Lisburn, Co. Antrim, son of John Doherty Barbour (chairman of one of Ulster's biggest flax-spinning firms) and Elizabeth Law Milne Barbour of Edinburgh. He was…

Barbour, Thomas

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Barbour, William

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Beamish, Francis Bernard

Beamish, Francis Bernard (1802–68), politician and brewer, was born 5 April 1802, eighth son among twelve children of William Beamish (qv), founder of the Beamish & Crawford porter brewery, and his wife Anne, daughter of Robert…

Beamish, Richard Henrik

Beamish, Richard Henrik (1861–1938), brewer and politician, was born 16 June 1861 at Ashbourne, Glounthaune, Co. Cork, eldest child of Richard Pigott Beamish, DL, brewer, and his wife Hulda Elizabeth Constance, only daughter and heiress of…

Benn, Edward

Benn, Edward (1798–1874), philanthropist, industrialist, and antiquarian, was born in Tandragee, Co. Armagh, third of four sons and five daughters of John Benn, Belfast brewer, and Elizabeth Benn (née Craig). With his younger brother George…

Blow, James

Blow, James (1676–1759), printer and papermaker in Belfast, was born 29 July 1676 in Scotland, possibly in Culross, Perthshire, a younger son among nine children of John Blow and Elizabeth Blow (née Wilson). He was apprenticed to the printer Patrick Neil (who had married his sister…

Boyd, Hugh

Boyd, Hugh (1690–1765), entrepreneur, was one of several sons of the Rev. William Boyd, vicar of Ramoan, Co. Antrim (who is said to have had at least two sons by a second marriage), and his first wife, Rose, daughter of Daniel MacNeill of Dunaneeny near Ballycastle. The Boyd family…

Boyd, Hugh

Boyd, Hugh (1765–95), MP and mine owner, was born 23 February 1765, probably in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, eldest son of Ezekiel Davys Boyd and Amy Boyd (née Frisby). His father, a grandson of Hugh Boyd (qv) (d. 1765), owned estates and…

Boylan, James

Boylan, James (1899–1982), footwear manufacturer and company director, was born 23 June 1899 in Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, eldest son among five sons and six daughters of John Michael Boylan, small farmer at Ballybay, and Hannah Boylan (née Connolly). Educated locally, he left school (May…

Brooke, Robert

Brooke, Robert (1744–1811), soldier and industrialist, was second son of Robert Brooke, artist, of Rantavana, Co. Cavan, and Honor Brooks of Kinawley, Co. Fermanagh. Entering the Bengal establishment of the East India Company as an ensign in 1764, he was promoted to the rank of…

Brown, John Shaw

Brown, John Shaw (1822–87), linen manufacturer, was born 12 April 1822 in Waringstown, Co. Down, son of John Brown; his mother's name was probably Catherine Shaw. He was educated for a career in one of the professions; but on the death of his uncle James Brown he took over the…

Carroll, Donal Shemus Allingham (‘Don’)

Carroll, Donal Shemus Allingham (‘Don’) (1928–2000), tobacco manufacturer and banker, was born 26 December 1928 in Cork, only son of John Donal Carroll, Cork county medical officer, and Sheila Maureen Carroll (née Flynn), daughter of Joseph John Flynn of Leeson St., Dublin. He had…

Carroll, James Marmion Gilmor

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Carroll, Patrick James

Carroll, Patrick James (1803–79), tobacco manufacturer, was born 23 December 1803 in Dundalk, Co. Louth, only son of James Carroll, farmer, and his second wife, Anne, daughter of Nicholas Marmion, a merchant in Dundalk, and Elizabeth Marmion (née Boylan). He received a basic…

Carroll, Vincent Stannus

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Cassidy, James Archbold

Cassidy, James Archbold (1827/8–90), distiller and brewer, was the second of three sons of Robert Cassidy (1791–1858), a strong farmer at Jamestown, Co. Kildare, who in 1839 took over the distilling and brewing firm at nearby Monasterevan founded in 1784 by his father, John…