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Aird, John

Aird, John (c.1760–1832), civil engineer, was born in Scotland; nothing is known of his parents or early life. In 1794 he began working for John Rennie (qv), one of the best-known engineers in Europe at the time, and remained with…

Alexander, Thomas A.

Alexander, Thomas A. (1847–1933), professor of civil engineering, was born 2 May 1847 in Maryhill, Glasgow; his parents' names are not known. Educated at the Normal School in Cowcaddens, Alexander entered Glasgow University in 1867, where he won prizes in mathematics, mechanics,…

Binnie, William James Eames

Binnie, William James Eames (1867–1949), civil engineer, was born 10 October 1867 in Derry city, elder son among two sons and three daughters of Sir Alexander Richardson Binnie (1839–1917), a prominent British engineer, and his wife Mary, daughter of William Eames, a well known…

Comber, Patrick Forstall

Comber, Patrick Forstall (1831–1909), civil engineer, was born 30 April 1831 in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, eldest son of Thomas Comber, architect and builder, and his wife Catherine, daughter of Edward Gannon, all from Kilmena, Co. Mayo. He was educated by private tutors and by the…

Cotton, Charles Philip

Cotton, Charles Philip (1832–1904), civil engineer, was born 19 January 1832 in Dublin, son of Henry Cotton (qv), archdeacon of Cashel, formerly of Bucks., England, and his wife Mary Vaughan, youngest daughter of Richard Laurence (1760–…

Downing, Mary McCarthy

Downing, Mary McCarthy (c.1815–1881), poet and nationalist, was born in Kilfadimore, near Kenmare, Co. Kerry, eldest daughter of Daniel McCarthy , esq., also of Kerry. Throughout her life she had several pen names but is best remembered as ‘Christabel’, and under this name…

Dowse, Richard

Dowse, Richard (1824–90), lawyer, MP, and judge, was born 8 June 1824 in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, only son of William Henry Dowse, merchant, and his wife Maria, daughter of Hugh Donaldson, all from Dungannon. He came from modest circumstances, but his early aptitude for learning…

Howard, George William Frederick

Howard, George William Frederick (1802–64), Viscount Morpeth, 7th earl of Carlisle , chief secretary (1835–41) and lord lieutenant of Ireland (1855–8; 1859–64), was born 18 April 1802 in London, first of twelve children (six sons and six daughters) of George William Frederick…

Inglis, Sir Claude Cavendish

Inglis, Sir Claude Cavendish (1883–1974), irrigation and hydraulics engineer, was born 3 March 1883 in Dublin, sixth among seven children (six sons and one daughter) of Sir Malcolm Inglis, a wealthy gentleman, and Caroline Inglis (née Johnston), both of Scotland. Educated in Ireland…

Johnston, William

Johnston, William (c.1680s–1754), landowner and waterworks designer, was probably born in Scotland some time in the late seventeenth century, son of John Johnston of Scotland, who left his native soil soon after the Glencoe massacre (1692). Little is known of Johnston's…

Keenan, Sir Patrick Joseph

Keenan, Sir Patrick Joseph (1826–94), educationist and administrator, was born probably in Dublin, son of John Keenan, JP, from Phibsborough, and his wife Mary, a teacher and daughter of Patrick Sherlock of Dublin. He had at least one…

Killaly, Hamilton Hartley

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Killaly, John A.

Killaly, John A. (1766–1832), surveyor and canal engineer, was born in England. He may have worked for some time on several English canals before settling in Ireland as a surveyor. He initially did some freelance work for the Grand Canal Company, but his work sufficiently impressed…

Le Fanu, William Richard

Le Fanu, William Richard (1816–94), civil engineer and commissioner of public works, was born 24 February 1816 in the Royal Hibernian Military School, Phoenix Park, Dublin, youngest child among two sons and a daughter of the Very Rev. Thomas Philip Le Fanu (1784–1845), dean of…

Lombard, James Fitzgerald

Lombard, James Fitzgerald (1817–1901), land developer and businessman, was born in Gortatlea, Co. Kerry, second son among nine children of Roger Lombard, civil servant, from Gortatlea and Cork city, and his wife Jane, daughter of James Fitzgerald of Moviddy, Co. Cork. Little is…

MacDermott, Martin

MacDermott, Martin (1823–1905), poet and architect, was born 8 April 1823 in Dublin, son of John MacDermott (1785–1842), prosperous merchant and perfumer, and Amélie Thérèse MacDermott (née Boshell), of French descent. Although educated as a catholic on Usher's Quay and later at a…

MacDonnell, Richard

MacDonnell, Richard (1787–1867), provost of TCD, was born 10 June 1787 in Cork city, son of Robert MacDonnell, carrier, from Douglas, Co. Cork, and his wife Susannah Nugent, of Co. Waterford. MacDonnell received his primary education at the Cork diocesan school before entering…

MacDonnell, Sir Alexander

MacDonnell, Sir Alexander (1794–1875), resident commissioner of national education, was born in Belfast, elder of two sons of James MacDonnell (qv), MD, of Belfast and Murlough, Co. Antrim, and…

Maguire, John Francis

Maguire, John Francis (1815–72), politician and newspaper proprietor, was born 20 February 1815 in Cork city, eldest son of John Maguire, a prosperous Cork merchant, and his wife Ellen Jackson. Because of his father's wealth, Maguire received a first-class education, and from a…

Manning, Mary Ruth (May)

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Manning, Robert

Manning, Robert (1816–97), surveyor and civil engineer, was born 22 October 1816 in Avincourt, Normandy, France, third of eight children of William Manning (1783–1826) of Knocknamohil, Co. Wicklow, a lieutenant in the Wicklow militia who fought in the USA, in the Peninsular war, and…

McDonnell, Alexander

McDonnell, Alexander (1829–1904), civil and locomotive engineer, was born in Dublin on 18 December 1829, third son amongst six sons and five daughters born to John MacDonnell (qv), an eminent Dublin doctor, and his wife Charity,…

McDonnel, Sir Edward

McDonnel, Sir Edward (1806–60), merchant and paper manufacturer, was born in Dublin, son of Christopher McDonnel, also a merchant and paper manufacturer, and his wife Ann, daughter of Edward Brennan, all from Dublin. Although one of the most eminent and successful merchants in the…

McHenry, James

McHenry, James (1785–1845), poet, novelist, and doctor, was born 20 December 1785 in Larne, Co. Antrim, son of George McHenry, cloth merchant, and his wife Mary, daughter of Sam Smiley, all from Larne. As a child, he was privately educated by the Rev. J. Nicholson, who taught him…

McNeile, John

McNeile, John (1785–1855), banker and entrepreneur, was born most likely in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, son of Alexander McNeile (d. 1839), landed gentleman, of Ballycastle, and his wife Mary (d. 1852), only daughter of John McNeale, JP, of…