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Bailey, Kenneth Claude

Bailey, Kenneth Claude (1896–1951), chemist and university administrator, was born 9 May 1896, the son of C. W. Bailey. It is probable that Wellesley Cosby Bailey (qv) was a relative. Bailey was educated at St Andrew's College…

Ball, Mary

Ball, Mary (1812–98), entomologist and conchologist, was born in Cobh, Co. Cork, on 15 February 1812, the younger of the two daughters of Robert Stawell Ball and his wife, Mary (née Green). Along with her siblings Robert Ball (qv) and Ann,…

Brambell, Francis William Rogers

Brambell, Francis William Rogers (1901–70), zoologist, was born 25 February 1901 at Combridge House, Sandycove, Dublin, the eldest of the three sons of Louis Alfred Brambell, an accountant at the Guinness brewery, and his wife, Amelia Jane Mary, née Rogers. One of the three brothers…

Brooks, John

Brooks, John (b. c.1710, d. p. 1756), engraver and inventor, a native of Dublin, was the son of John Brooks, and was possibly of Dutch descent. The name also occurs in Dublin at that period as van der Brooks, and there were others of the name involved in…

Bury, Charles Kenneth Howard-

Bury, Charles Kenneth Howard- (1883–1963), soldier, explorer, plant collector, and politician, was born 15 August 1883 in London, though his parents generally lived in Charleville castle, Tullamore, King's Co. (Co. Offaly). He was the only son of Captain Kenneth Howard, army officer…

Butler, Sir Edwin John

Butler, Sir Edwin John (1874–1943), plant pathologist, was born 13 August 1874 at Kilkee, Co. Clare, the second son of Thomas Butler (d. 1919) and his wife, Annie (d. 1898), the daughter of James Barry of Co. Limerick. Thomas Butler's brother was Sir…

Clinch, Phyllis E. M.

Clinch, Phyllis E. M. (1901–84), scientist, was born 12 September 1901 in Rathgar, Dublin, the fourth daughter of James and Mary Clinch. She entered UCD in 1919 and graduated B.Sc. (1923) in…

Close, Maxwell Henry

Close, Maxwell Henry (1822–1903) Church of England clergyman and geologist, was born 23 October 1822 in Merrion Square, Dublin, the eldest of the eleven children (eight sons and three daughters) of Henry Samuel Close, a partner in Ball's Bank, Dublin, and his wife, Jane, a daughter…

Colgan, Nathaniel

Colgan, Nathaniel (1851–1919), botanist, marine biologist, and traveller, was born 28 May 1851 in Dublin. The identity of his parents is not known with certainty, though they may have been Nathaniel Watson Colgan and Letitia Phair, who married in Dublin in 1846. Colgan was educated…

Collins, Jerome James

Collins, Jerome James (1841–81) meteorologist, Arctic explorer, and founder of Clan na Gael, was born 17 October 1841 in Cork city, the son of Mark Collins, a lime and saltworks owner of South Main Street, Cork, and his wife Ellen (née Ryan). He attended St Vincent's Seminary,…

Conyngham, Sir Gerald Ponsonby Lenox

Conyngham, Sir Gerald Ponsonby Lenox - (1866–1956), geodesist, was born 21 August 1866 at Springhill, Moneymore, Co. Londonderry, the seventh of ten children of Sir William Fitzwilliam Lenox-Conyngham, KCB,…

Cook, Robert

Cook, Robert (1646?–c.1726), eccentric, was the son of Robert Cook of Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. During the reign of James II (qv) he fled to England and lived at Ipswich. In its act of attainder the 1689 Jacobite parliament…

Cooper, Austin

Cooper, Austin (b. c.1614, d. a.1690), gardener and strongman, inherited property from his father at Byfleet in Surrey. His father or another relative is said to have held a court appointment under Charles I. Cooper purchased land in England from a Cromwellian…

Cooper, Edward Joshua

Cooper, Edward Joshua (1798–1863), astronomer and MP, was born in May 1798 at St Stephen's Green, Dublin, the eldest son of Edward Synge Cooper (1762–1830) of Markree castle, Co. Sligo, landowner and MP for Co. Sligo (1806–30), and his wife Anne, daughter of Henry Verelst,…

Cotter, Brigid Mary

Cotter, Brigid Mary (1921–78), chemist and barrister, was born 3 January 1921 in Roscommon, the eldest daughter in the family of twelve children of Nicholas Patrick Cotter, the chief agricultural officer for Roscommon, and his wife, Bridie, née O'Brien. Brigid was educated at the…

Crone, Robert

Crone, Robert (c.1718–1779), landscape painter, was born in Dublin. He trained under Robert West (qv) in the Dublin Society's drawing-school in George's Lane, receiving prizes in 1748 and 1750. He was also a pupil of the portrait…

Crossley, Francis (‘Frank’) William

Crossley, Francis (‘Frank’) William (1839–97), engineer and evangelist, and his brothers Sir William John (1844–1911), engineer, and (Thomas) Hastings (Henry) (1846–1926), classical scholar, were sons of Maj. Francis Crossley of the East India Company, governor of the Andaman…

Crossley, Hastings

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Crossley, William John

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Cuming, William

Cuming, William (1769–1852), portrait and history painter, was the youngest of four sons of William Cuming of Dublin and his wife, whose maiden name was Hamilton. As a child he visited the workshops of the coach and herald painters in Moore Street, Dublin, and decided that he wanted…

Cunningham, Daniel John

Cunningham, Daniel John (1850–1909), anatomist, was born 15 April 1850 in the manse of Crieff, Perthshire, the youngest of three sons of John Cunningham and Susan, née Porteous; there were also four daughters. John Cunningham was a minister of the Church of Scotland, and later…

Dickie, George

Dickie, George (1812–82), botanist, was baptised in Aberdeen on 23 November 1812, the son of John Dickie and his wife, Isabella, née Fowler, and was educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen, from where he graduated in 1830. He then went to Edinburgh and entered the Brown Square…

Dixon, Frederick E.

Dixon, Frederick E. (1913–88) meteorologist, historian, and philatelist, was born 27 March 1913 in Oundle, near Peterborough, England, a son of Nathan Dixon and his wife, Edith, née Howitt, who also had another son and a daughter. He attended Deacon's School, Peterborough, and…

Dobson, George Edward

Dobson, George Edward (1848–95), zoologist, was born 4 September 1848 at Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford, the eldest son of Parke Dobson, a doctor in Edgeworthstown, who was of a family from Killinagh, Co. Westmeath, and his wife, Jane, née Brock or van den Brock, who was the…

Donovan, Charles

Donovan, Charles (1863–1951), military doctor, parasitologist, and entomologist, was born in Calcutta, India, of a Cork family, the eldest of the four children of Charles Donovan, of the Bengal civil service, whose wife's name was probably Grace Jennings. When he was thirteen…