Lyons, J. B.

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Cheyne, John

Cheyne, John (1777–1836), physician, was born 3 February 1777 in Leith, Scotland, into a family of sixteen children; his father, ‘a man of great cheerfulness, benevolence, good sense, and singleness of mind’, practised medicine, and his mother was a daughter of William Edmonton,…

Corrigan, Sir Dominic John

Corrigan, Sir Dominic John (1802–80), physician, was born 1 December 1802 in Thomas St., Dublin, where an Augustinian church now stands, second of five children of John Corrigan, dealer in agricultural implements, and his wife Celia O'Connor. Educated at the lay college at…

Doolin, William

Doolin, William (1887–1962), surgeon, editor, and medical historian, was born 19 July 1887 at 20 Ely Place, Dublin, eldest child of Walter G. Doolin, architect, and Marion Doolin (née Creedon). His siblings were Daniel and Walter. He was educated at the Catholic University School…

Gore, Albert Augustus

Gore, Albert Augustus (1838–1901), surgeon-general, military historian, and author, was born 1 December 1838 in Limerick, eldest son of William Ringrose Gore, MD, and Mary Jeners Gore (née Wilson). Educated in Cork, Dublin, London, and Paris,…

Henry, James

Henry, James (1798–1876), physician, pamphleteer, poet, and classical scholar, was born at the family home, 46 College Green, Dublin, eldest son of Robert Henry (d. 1829), woollen draper, and Katharine Olivia Henry (née Elder). Educated under the ferrule of the Rev. Joseph Hutton, a…

Kirkpatrick, Thomas Percy Claude

Kirkpatrick, Thomas Percy Claude (1869–1954), physician, bibliophile, and medical historian, was born 10 September 1869 at 32 Rutland Square, Dublin, second son of John Rutherford Kirkpatrick, King's professor of midwifery in the University of Dublin, and Catherine Kirkpatrick (née…

MacCarthy, Ethna Mary

MacCarthy, Ethna Mary (1903–59), poet and paediatrician, was born 2 April 1903 in Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, a granddaughter of the Young Ireland poet Denis Florence MacCarthy (qv), and daughter of Brendan MacCarthy (d. 1934…

Moore, Sir John William

Moore, Sir John William (1845–1937), physician and editor, was born 23 October 1845, son of Dr William Daniel Moore (1813–71) and Catherine Mary Moore (née Monserrat), who then lived at 7 South Anne St., Dublin, moving later to 40 Fitzwilliam Square West. Christopher Moore, his…

Moorhead, Thomas Gillman

Moorhead, Thomas Gillman (1878–1960), physician, was born 15 October 1878 in Benburb, Co. Tyrone, second son of Dr William Robert Moorhead and Amelia Davis Moorhead (née Gillman) of Oakmount, Co. Cork, and grew up in Bray, Co. Wicklow, where his father practised. From Aravon School…

O'Halloran, Sylvester

O'Halloran, Sylvester (1728–1807), surgeon and historian, was born 31 December 1728 at Caherdavin, Co. Clare, third son of Michael O'Halloran, a prosperous catholic farmer, and Mary O'Halloran (née McDonnell). His brothers were Joseph Ignatius, later a member of the Society of…

Parke, Thomas Heazle

Parke, Thomas Heazle (1857–93), army surgeon and African traveller, was born 27 November 1857 at Clogher House, Kilmore, Co. Roscommon, second son among ten children of William Parke, a well-to-do farmer, and Henrietta Parke (née Holmes). His ancestors were of Kentish stock.…

Reynolds, James Henry

Reynolds, James Henry (1844–1932), army surgeon and VC, was born 3 February 1844 in Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire), Co. Dublin, second son of Laurence Reynolds, JP and owner of a tavern, hotel, and livery…

Sigerson, George

Sigerson, George (1836–1925), physician, biologist, poet, and author, was born 11 January 1836 at Holyhill, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, youngest of William and Nancy Sigerson's eleven children. His parents’ marriage had a romantic background: in the 1820s William Sigerson, a catholic…

Sloane, Sir Hans

Sloane, Sir Hans (1660–1753), physician-general, collector, and founder of the British Museum, was born 16 April 1660 at Killyleagh, Co. Down, youngest of seven sons (of whom only three survived infancy) of Alexander Sloane (d. 1666), receiver-general of taxes for Co. Down, and…

Stokes, Whitley

Stokes, Whitley (1763–1845), physician and polymath, was born in Waterford, son of Gabriel Stokes (1732–1806), DD, chancellor of the cathedral, and master of Waterford endowed school, an ex-fellow of TCD…

Synge, Victor Millington

Synge, Victor Millington (1893–1976), physician and professor of medicine, was born 5 September 1893 at 15 Upper Leeson St., Dublin, son of Edward Synge, land agent, of Kingscourt, Co. Cavan, and Ellen Frances Synge. He was a nephew of the playwright…

Wallace, William

Wallace, William (1791–1837), surgeon, dermatologist, and venereologist, was born in Downpatrick, Co. Down, son of a solicitor. He is arguably the leading figure in the history of dermatology in Ireland. Apprenticed (1808) to Charles Bowden, a Dublin surgeon, he transferred after…

Wilde, Sir William Robert Wills

Wilde, Sir William Robert Wills (1815–76), surgeon and polymath, was born in March 1815 at Kilkeevin, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, youngest of three sons of Thomas Wilde, a local physician, and Emily Wilde (née Fynne). He attended the Royal School, Banagher, and the Diocesan School,…