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Barnhill, John ('Jack') Eccles Nixon

Barnhill, John ('Jack') Eccles Nixon (1905–71), senator and businessman, was born 11 April 1905 at Brickfield, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, the third child and second son in a family of at least five children (two sons and three daughters) of William Wilson Barnhill (1867–1950), a well-to-…

Burn, Thomas Henry

Burn, Thomas Henry (1875–1949), trade unionist and politician, was born in Belfast, son of Thomas Henry Burn. Little is known of his family life but he was educated at Belfast National School and subsequently trained as a lithographic printer. The Ulster Unionist Labour…

Byrne, Richard

Byrne, Richard (1862–1942), politician and publican, was the third son of John Byrne (1830–86), a farmer of Taughlumny, near Lurgan, Co. Armagh, and Isabella Byrne (1826–1919). While little is known of Byrne's education, he served his apprenticeship to the licensed trade with…

Cunningham, James Glencairn

Cunningham, James Glencairn (1903–96), Northern Ireland senator and newspaper proprietor, was born 15 May 1903 at Glencairn, Belfast, third son of Samuel Cunningham (qv), stockbroker and NI

Cunningham, Josias

Cunningham, Josias (1819–95), stockbroker, was born 19 January 1819 at Rosemary St., Belfast, eldest son of Barber Cunningham (1787–1841) who was a partner with his brother Josias in the tobacco manufacturing and importing firm of Josias & Barber Cunningham, Belfast, and his…

Cunningham, Samuel

Cunningham, Samuel (1862–1946), stockbroker and Northern Ireland senator, was born 14 October 1862 at Glencairn, Belfast, third son of Josias Cunningham (qv) (1819–95) who founded the stockbroking firm of Josias Cunningham & Co…

Cunningham, Sir Josias

Cunningham, Sir Josias (1934–2000), stockbroker and unionist, was born 20 January 1934, eldest son of Josias Cunningham (1899–1986) of Crookedstone, Co. Antrim, and Fernhill, Belfast, partner in the firm of Josias Cunningham & Co., and his wife, Isobel Mary Hazel, only…

Gransden, Sir Robert

Gransden, Sir Robert (1893–1972), civil servant, was born 10 December 1893, at Glendermott, Derry city, second son of Robert Gransden, cabinetmaker, and Minnie Gransden (née Davidson). He was educated at a local national school and Foyle College in Derry city. In 1913 he took his…

Greeves, John Ernest

Greeves, John Ernest (1910–87), civil servant, was born 9 October 1910 at Grange, Co. Tyrone, fourth son of Robert Douglas Greeves (1867–1950) and Sarah Louisa Greeves (1876–1924) (née Hobson). Educated at Moy primary school and Dungannon Royal School, he sat the Northern…

Hanna, George Boyle

Hanna, George Boyle (1906–64), MP and county court judge, was born 3 June 1906 at Ballymena, Co. Antrim, the only son of George Boyle Hanna (1877–1938), unionist MP and county court judge, and his wife, Sunnie, daughter of Redmond Mack, of Lisburn. He was educated at Ballymena…

Hobbs, Margaret Elizabeth (‘Madge’) Davison-

Hobbs, Margaret Elizabeth (‘Madge’) Davison- (1949–91), barrister and civil rights activist, was born 13 June 1949 in Pittsburgh St. in the Shore Road area of north Belfast, eldest daughter of John Davison , plater, and Emily Davison (née Wilson). She was educated at Seaview primary…

Jones, Peter William Warburton

Jones, Peter William Warburton (1946–2001), barrister and political activist, was born 5 December 1946 in Belfast, second son of Sir Edward Jones (1912–93), unionist MP and lord justice of appeal in the NI supreme court 1973–84, and Margaret…

Magee, Reginald Arthur Edward

Magee, Reginald Arthur Edward (1914–89), politician and surgeon, was born 18 August 1914 at Belfast, youngest son of James Magee, railway clerk, and his wife, Ellen (maiden name unknown), schoolteacher. Having won a senior prizeman in science at Campbell College, Belfast, he…

Maguire, Meredith Francis (‘Frank’)

Maguire, Meredith Francis (‘Frank’) (1929–81), publican and politician, was born in Gort, Co. Galway, eldest son of Francis Maguire (1900–78), detective garda sergeant, and his wife, Sadie (1907–78). He was educated at St Mary's Marist Brothers School in Athlone and subsequently…

May, William Morrison

May, William Morrison (1909–62), politician and accountant, was born 8 April 1909 at Limavady, Co. Londonderry, eldest son of William May, JP, of Marlborough Park, Belfast. He was educated at Methodist College, Belfast, where he won the…

McLaughlin, (Florence) Patricia (Alice)

McLaughlin, (Florence) Patricia (Alice) (1916–97), politician and community activist, was born 23 June 1916 at Downpatrick, Co. Down, the only daughter of Canon Frederick Basil Aldwell , rector of St George's Church, Belfast, and his wife (named on the birth certificate as E. N.…

Moles, Thomas

Moles, Thomas (1871–1937), MP and journalist, was born 13 November 1871 in Belfast, second son of Edward Moles of Ardmore, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, and Margaret Jane Moles (née Carson). He was educated at the old Collegiate School in Ballymena and was subsequently appointed to the…

Morgan, William James (‘Billy’)

Morgan, William James (‘Billy’) (1914–99), politician, was born 17 July 1914 in Belfast, third son of William James Morgan and Susan Jane Morgan (née Sharpe). At the age of 14 he left Finniston primary school to enter the family transport business, John Morgan & Sons, and retired…

Mulholland, Charles Edward Henry John

Mulholland, Charles Edward Henry John (1933–93), 4th Baron Dunleath , businessman and politician, was born 23 June 1933 in London, the only son of Charles Henry George Mulholland, 3rd Baron Dunleath, and his second wife, Henrietta Grace, daughter of…

Mulholland, Sir Henry George Hill (‘Harry’)

Mulholland, Sir Henry George Hill (‘Harry’) (1888–1971), 1st baronet, MP and company director, was born 20 December 1888 at Ballywalter, Co. Down, second surviving son of Henry Lyle Mulholland, 2nd Baron Dunleath, MP, and Norah Louisa Fanny Mulholland (née Somerset Ward). He was…

Murphy, Edward Sullivan

Murphy, Edward Sullivan (1880–1945), politician and lord justice of appeal for Northern Ireland, was born 3 February 1880 in Dublin, fourth son of James Murphy (1826–1901), MP and judge, and his wife Mary Josephine, eldest daughter of…

Neill, Sir Ivan

Neill, Sir Ivan (1906–2001), politician and company director, was born in the Bloomfield district of east Belfast on 1 July 1906. He was educated at Ravenscroft national school and Shaftesbury Tutorial College, and graduated from QUB…

Orr, Laurence Percy Story (‘Willy’)

Orr, Laurence Percy Story (‘Willy’) (1918–90), politician and company director, was born 16 September 1918 in Belfast, son of the Rev. William Robert Macauley Orr, sometime dean of Dromore, and Evelyn Sarah Orr (née Story). He was educated at Campbell College, Belfast, and…

Porter, Norman

Porter, Norman (1919–91), politician, was born 12 February 1919 at Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, the only child of Howard George Porter, insurance broker, and Gertrude Porter (née Smith), tailoress. He was educated at Harding Memorial School, Belfast, and subsequently trained as an…

Scott, Sir William Dalgeish

Scott, Sir William Dalgeish (1890–1966), MP and barrister, was born 12 November 1890 in Scotland. He was educated at Edinburgh University, where he won a Thow scholarship, two medals, and the Dalgety prize. After further study at the London School of Economics, he was admitted to…