Jackson, Patrick N. Wyse

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Apjohn, James

Apjohn, James (1796–1886), chemist and mineralogist, was born 1 September 1796 at Granard, Co. Limerick, son of Thomas Apjohn, tax collector, of Sunville House, Limerick. He attended Tipperary grammar school, and entered TCD (1813),…

Baily, William Hellier

Baily, William Hellier (1819–88), palaeontologist and artist, was born 7 July 1819 in Bristol, England, into a family of carvers and sculptors. He was curatorial assistant of Bristol museum (1837–44); served the Geological Survey of Great Britain as draughtsman (1844), assistant…

Ball, Valentine

Ball, Valentine (1843–95), geologist, was born in Dublin, second son and fourth child of Robert Ball (qv), naturalist, and Amelia Ball (née Hellicar). He was educated at a private school in Chester, at Rathmines School, and at…

Cole, Grenville Arthur James

Cole, Grenville Arthur James (1859–1924), geologist, was born 21 October 1859 in London, second son of John Jenkins Cole of London, architect to the London Stock Exchange. He was educated at City of London School and the Royal School of Mines, London, where he was demonstrator in…

Fitton, William Henry

Fitton, William Henry (1780–1861), geologist, was born in January 1780 in Dublin, son of Nicholas Fitton, lawyer, and was distantly related to the Fitton family of Gawsworth, Cheshire; his mother was probably Jane (née Greene). He was educated at…

Graydon, George

Graydon, George (c.1753–1803), cleric, geologist, and social reformer, was probably born at Killashee, Co. Kildare, one of four sons and a daughter of George Graydon, gentleman, and Jane Graydon (neé Maxwell). The eldest son, Robert (c.1744–1800), represented…

Griffith, Sir Richard John

Griffith, Sir Richard John (1784–1878), public servant, surveyor, and geologist, was born 20 September 1784 at 8 Hume St., Dublin (the house is marked by a plaque), son of Richard Griffith (qv), MP for Askeaton, deputy governor of Co.…

Hamilton, William

Hamilton, William (1755–97), cleric and geologist, was born 16 December 1755 in Derry city, son of John Hamilton, merchant, and Elizabeth Hamilton (née Hope). He entered TCD in 1771 and had a distinguished career; he graduated…

Haughton, Samuel

Haughton, Samuel (1821–97), geologist, physiologist, and mathematician, was born 21 December 1821 in Carlow, second of three sons of Samuel Haughton, merchant, and Sarah Haughton (née Hancock). Although of quaker stock, Haughton was brought up within the established church. He…

Hull, Edward

Hull, Edward (1829–1917), geologist, was born 21 May 1829 in Antrim town, eldest son of John Dawson Hull, a Church of Ireland curate; no details are known of his mother. He was educated at TCD (BA

Joly, John

Joly, John (1857–1933), geologist, was born 1 November 1857 in Hollywood House (the Rectory), Bracknagh, King's Co. (Offaly), third and youngest son of John Plunket Joly, rector of Clonbullogue, and Julia Anna Maria Georgina Joly (born the comtesse de Lusi). Educated at Rathmines…

Kirwan, Richard

Kirwan, Richard (1733–1812), chemist, mineralogist, geologist, and meteorologist, was born 1 August 1733 at Cloughballymore, Co. Galway, second son among four sons of Martin Kirwan and Mary Kirwan (neé French). He was educated first in Ireland and later at Poitiers, France, and…

Knox, George

Knox, George (1765–1827), barrister and politician, was born 14 January 1765 in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, fifth son of Thomas Knox (qv), later Baron Welles and 1st Viscount Northland, and his wife Anne, second daughter of Baron Knapton. George and his brothers…

M'Coy, Sir Frederick

M'Coy, Sir Frederick (1823–1899), palaeontologist and academic, was born in Dublin in 1823 (some authorities give the less likely date 1817), second son of Simon M'Coy (1795–1875), medical doctor, and Bridget M'Coy (1799–1876). His father taught anatomy in Dublin from the 1820s…

Mitchell, George Francis (‘Frank’)

Mitchell, George Francis (‘Frank’) (1912–97), environmental historian, archaeologist, geologist, and educator, was born 15 October 1912 in Dublin, younger son of David William Mitchell, owner of a Dublin ironmongery and furniture business, and Francis Elizabeth Mitchell (née Kirby…

Nimmo, Alexander

Nimmo, Alexander (1783–1832), civil engineer, was born in Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire, Scotland, son of Alexander Nimmo, watchmaker and merchant; nothing is known of his mother. He was educated at the universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh, where he gained distinctions in classics and…

Oldham, Richard Dixon

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Oldham, Thomas

Oldham, Thomas (1816–78), geologist, was born 4 May 1816 in Dublin, eldest son of Thomas Oldham of the Grand Canal Co. of Ireland and Margaret Oldham (née Boyd). He was educated privately and then entered TCD, where he graduated…

Richardson, William

Richardson, William (1740–1820), cleric, geologist, agriculturist, and pamphleteer, was probably born at Castleroe, near Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, the only son of Charles Richardson (d. 1743) and his wife Sarah, daughter of Hercules Heyland of Coleraine. He was educated at…

Sollas, William Johnson

Sollas, William Johnson (1849–1936), geologist, was born 30 May 1849 in Birmingham, eldest son of William Henry Sollas, shipowner, and Emma Sollas (née Wheatley). He was educated in London at the Royal College of Chemistry and the Royal School of Mines, following which he was…