Lynn, Brendan

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Bradford, Roy Hamilton

Bradford, Roy Hamilton (1920–98), journalist and politician, was born 7 July 1920 in the schoolmaster's house attached to the Church of Ireland church on the Ligoniel Road, Belfast, eldest of three sons of Joseph Hamilton Bradford, schoolmaster, from Rockcorry, Co. Monaghan, and…

Devlin, Paddy

Devlin, Paddy (1925–99), politician and trade unionist, was born 8 March 1925 at 46 Lady St. in the Falls Road area of Belfast, eldest child among four daughters and three sons of Patrick Devlin, ex-serviceman and later flour-mill worker, and his wife Anna, of Belfast, daughter of…

Dixon, Herbert

Dixon, Herbert (1880–1950), businessman, politician, and 1st Baron Glentoran , was born 23 January 1880 at Strand town, fourth son of Daniel Dixon (1844-1907), businessman, later high sheriff of Co. Down (1896), mayor (1892) and lord mayor (1893, 1901–3, 1905–7) of Belfast, knight (…

Duffy, Patrick Aloyisius

Duffy, Patrick Aloyisius (1933–95), politician and solicitor, was born 19 July 1933 in the parish of Ardboe, Co. Tyrone, one of four sons and a daughter of Patrick Duffy, farmer and local councillor on Cookstown rural council, and Margaret Duffy (née Devlin). He was educated at…

Gordon, John Fawcett

Gordon, John Fawcett (1878–1965), politician and public servant, was born in Belfast, son of working-class parents, William James Gordon and Margaret Gordon (née Fawcett). At an early age, due to the death of his father, he spent part of his childhood in the USA with relatives and…

Gormley, Patrick (‘Paddy’) Joseph

Gormley, Patrick (‘Paddy’) Joseph (1916–2001), businessman and politician, was born 28 October 1916 in Carnanbane, Claudy, Co. Londonderry, fourth child among three sons and two daughters of Philip Gormley, businessman, of Carnanbane, and Mary Gormley (née Waters), seamstress, of…

Gormley, Thomas (‘Tom’) Columba

Gormley, Thomas (‘Tom’) Columba (1912–84), businessman, farmer, and politician, was born 29 July 1912 in Carnanbane, Claudy, Co. Londonderry, third child among three sons and two daughters of Philip Gormley, businessman, of Carnanbane, and Mary Gormley (née Waters), seamstress, of…

Hanna, Francis (‘Frank’)

Hanna, Francis (‘Frank’) (1915–87), lawyer and politician, was born in the Falls Road area of Belfast and was educated at St Mary's CBS, Belfast, before attending QUB to study law.…

Holden, Sir David Charles Beresford

Holden, Sir David Charles Beresford (1915–98), civil servant and soldier, was born in Wolverhampton, England, on 26 July 1915, son of Oswald Addenbrooke Holden, army chaplain, and Ella Mary Holden (née Beresford). His father was killed (1 December 1917) during the first world war…

Iliff, William Angus Boyd

Iliff, William Angus Boyd (1898–1972), civil servant and administrator, was born 2 October 1898 in Kircubbin, Co. Down, son of John Boyd Iliff, local merchant, and Emily Iliff (née Browne). He was educated at Mountjoy School, Dublin, before attending the Cadet College, Wellington,…

Kinahan, Charles Henry Grierson

Kinahan, Charles Henry Grierson (1915–95), businessman and politician, was born 10 July 1915 in Belfast, eldest son of Henry Kinahan, Belfast businessman, and his wife Ula, daughter of the Rt Rev. C. T .P. Grierson (1857–1935), bishop of Down and Connor and Dromore. His brother…

Kinahan, Sir Robert George Caldwell (‘Robin’)

Kinahan, Sir Robert George Caldwell (‘Robin’) (1916–97), businessman and politician, was born 24 September 1916 in Belfast, second son of Henry Kinahan, Belfast businessman, and his wife Ula, daughter of the Rt Rev. C. T. P. Grierson, bishop of Down and Connor and Dromore. He was…

King, Sir Frank Douglas

King, Sir Frank Douglas (1919–98), soldier, GOC Northern Ireland, was born 9 March 1919 near Brightwell, Berkshire, England, son of Arthur King, farmer, and Kate Eliza King (née Sheard). He was educated at Wallingford Grammar School…

Lennon, James Gerard (‘Gerry’)

Lennon, James Gerard (‘Gerry’) (1909–76), solicitor and politician, was born in Armagh, eldest child among three sons and two daughters of James Lennon of the Desart, Armagh, town clerk of Armagh, and Margaret Lennon (née Stablien), a native of Germany. He began his education at St…

Lowry, William

Lowry, William (1884–1949), barrister and politician, was born 19 March 1884 in Limavady, Co. Londonderry, third son of Samuel Lowry of White Hall, Limavady, clerk of the petty sessions court, and Margaret Jane Lowry (née Gibson). He was educated at Foyle College (1896–1902), where…

MacRory, Joseph

MacRory, Joseph (1861–1945), academic and catholic bishop, was born 18 March 1861 in Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone, one of ten children of Francis MacRory, farmer, and Rose MacRory (née Montague). He began his education at the local parish school and from an early age demonstrated an…

Malley, James Young (‘Jim’)

Malley, James Young (‘Jim’) (1918–2000), civil servant and airman, was born 24 July 1918 near Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone, one of four sons and one daughter of Francis William Malley, a local farmer and merchant, and his wife Ruby Elizabeth (née Young). The family was methodist. He…

McAteer, Hugh

McAteer, Hugh (1916–70), republican activist, was born 13 August 1916 in Derry city, second among four sons of Hugh McAteer, dock labourer, of Fanad, Co. Donegal, and Brigid McAteer (née O'Doherty) of Buncrana, Co. Donegal. He was educated in the city by the Christian Brothers and…

McCartan, Joyce

McCartan, Joyce (1929–96), community worker, was born in Banbridge, Co. Down, the only daughter among four children of Hugh Buchanan , whose family had originally settled in Northern Ireland from Scotland. Joyce, however, had a difficult childhood; her mother died when she was about…

McCarthy, Timothy

McCarthy, Timothy (1868–1928), journalist, was born in Cloghroe, Inniscarra, Co. Cork, where his father, Denis McCarthy, ran the family farm. He was educated at the local national school and later his studies continued under a private tutor. While still in his teens McCarthy began…

McConnell, Robert Dodd

McConnell, Robert Dodd (1921–94), politician and activist for the blind, was born 27 March 1921 in Bangor, Co. Down, son of Robert James McConnell, farmer, and Helen Jeanette McConnell (née Dodd). He was educated at a local primary school before going on to attend Bangor Grammar…

McConnell, Robert William Brian

McConnell, Robert William Brian (1922–2000), barrister, politician and Baron McConnell , was born in Belfast, the only son of Alfred E. McConnell, former registrar of the king's bench division (probate and matrimonial). He was educated at Sedbergh School and…

McGill, Patrick (‘Paddy’)

McGill, Patrick (‘Paddy’) (1913–77), journalist and politician, was born 4 October 1913 in Great James Street, Derry city, the son of Patrick McGill, a publican of Great James Street, and his second wife Mary (née Duffy). He earned a scholarship to St Columb's College, Derry, but left…

McGrory, Patrick John Mary (‘Paddy’)

McGrory, Patrick John Mary (‘Paddy’) (1923–94), solicitor, was born 11 October 1923 in the St James area of the Falls Road, Belfast, one of four children of Patrick Joseph McGrory, insurance manager, of 1 St James's Parade, Belfast, and his wife Mary (née Skeffington). His father…

McQuade, John (‘Johnny’)

McQuade, John (‘Johnny’) (1911–84), dockworker, politician, and soldier, was born 9 August 1911, son of John McQuade, flax rougher, and Annie McQuade (née Baird), in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, where his family lived in a small terraced house in Carnan St. Educated at the local…