Clarke, Aidan

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Atherton, John

Atherton, John (1598–1640), churchman, was born in Somerset, England, son of John Atherton, rector of Bawdrip (nothing is known of his mother), and was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he took his MA degree (1621). Although he showed…

Bagenal (O'Neill), Mabel

Bagenal (O'Neill), Mabel (c.1571–95), countess of Tyrone , was born in Newry, sixth daughter and youngest among eleven children of Sir Nicholas Bagenal (qv), marshal of the army in Ireland, and Eleanor Griffith…

Bedell, William

Bedell, William (1571–1642), scholar and churchman, was born in late December 1571 at Black Notley, Essex, England, second son of John Bedell and his wife, Elizabeth Elliston, and entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1584, the year of its foundation. He graduated in 1588, took…

Bolton, Sir Richard

Bolton, Sir Richard (c.1570–1648), lord chancellor, was son of John Bolton of Fenton Culvart, Stafford, England, and his wife Margaret, daughter of Richard Ash, also of Staffordshire. He entered the Inner Temple unusually late, in 1601, and left it unusually soon for a…

Clavell, John

Clavell, John (1601–43), adventurer, was born on 11 May 1601, sixth child and second son of John Clavell and his wife Frances Willoughby of Wootton Glanville in Dorset, England. He was admitted to Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1619, pardoned for decamping with the college plate in…

Coote, Sir Charles

Coote, Sir Charles (c.1609–1661), 1st earl of Mountrath , lord president of Connacht, and military commander, was the eldest of the four sons of Sir Charles Coote (qv), provost-marshal of Connacht, and his wife Dorothea,…

Darcy, Patrick

Darcy, Patrick (1598–1668), lawyer, was seventh son of Sir James Darcy, mayor of Galway at the time of his death (1603), and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Martin, also of Galway. He entered the Middle Temple in 1617 and five years later commenced practice in…

Edwards, Robert (‘Robin’) Walter Dudley

Edwards, Robert (‘Robin’) Walter Dudley (1909–88), historian, was born 4 June 1909 in Dublin, elder son of Walter Edwards (1862–1946), a minor civil servant from Worcestershire, England, and Bridget Teresa McInerney (1871–1956), a nurse from Co. Clare. When his parents, a quaker and…

Jones, Henry

Jones, Henry (1605–82), churchman, was eldest of five sons of Lewis Jones (qv), bishop of Killaloe, and Mabel Ussher, daughter of Arland Ussher and his wife Margaret Stanihurst of Dublin. Henry entered…

Jones, Lewis

Jones, Lewis (c.1560–1646), churchman, was born in Merionethshire, Wales, and attended Brasenose College, Oxford, from which he graduated in February 1581. His arrival in Ireland is not recorded. By 1605, when Lord Deputy

Jones, Sir Theophilus

Jones, Sir Theophilus (d. 1685), scoutmaster-general of the army in Ireland, was youngest of the five sons of Lewis Jones (qv) (c.1560–1646), bishop of Killaloe, and Mabel Ussher, daughter of Arland Ussher and his wife Margaret…

MacDonnell, Alasdair (Alexander) MacColla

MacDonnell, Alasdair (Alexander) MacColla (d. 1647), Gaelic lord, was the third son of Coll MacGillespie and (most probably) Mary, daughter of Ranald MacJames of Smerby: both parents were MacDonnells, but the use of fixed hereditary surnames was not normal practice in Gaelic…

Mayart, Sir Samuel

Mayart, Sir Samuel (1587–c.1647), lawyer, was the son of Gilbert Mayart of Ipswich, Suffolk, England, who was of Flemish origin. He matriculated at Merton College, Oxford, in May 1604, at the age of 17, and was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1607, called to the bar in…

Mervyn, Sir Audley

Mervyn, Sir Audley (1603–75), soldier and MP, was the younger son of Sir Henry Mervyn of Wiltshire, England, admiral of the Narrow Seas, and his wife Christian Tuchet, daughter of George, Lord Audley, 1st earl of Castlehaven, and Lucy Mervyn. He entered Christ Church, Oxford, in…

Piers (Pierse), Sir Henry

Piers (Pierse), Sir Henry (d. 1638), administrator, whose parentage is unknown, served as secretary to Sir Arthur Chichester (qv) throughout his eleven years as lord deputy of Ireland, from 3 February 1605 to 30 August 1616. For…

Plunket, Christopher

Plunket, Christopher (d. 1649), 2nd earl of Fingall , catholic confederate, was the eldest son of Lucas Plunket, the first earl, and his second wife, Susanna, daughter of Edward, first Baron Brabazon (qv), who married in 1611.…

Smith, Erasmus

Smith, Erasmus (1611–91), merchant and educational philanthropist, was baptised 8 April 1611 at Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England, son of Roger Smith and his wife Anna (née Goodman), of Husbands Bosworth. He was apprenticed to a London Turkey merchant, John Saunders, at the…

Talbot, Peter

Talbot, Peter (c.1618–1680), churchman, was sixth son of Sir William Talbot (qv), sometime recorder of the city of Dublin, and his wife, Alison Netterville. He entered the Society of Jesus in Portugal in May 1635 and…

Temple, Sir John

Temple, Sir John (1600–77), officeholder and politician, was the eldest son of Sir William Temple (qv), provost of TCD, and his wife Martha, daughter of Richard Harrison of Derbyshire,…