McGuire, James

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Bonnell, James

Bonnell, James (1653–99), government official and exemplar of the pious life, was born 14 November 1653 in Genoa, Italy, only son and one of two children of Samuel Bonnell, merchant, and his wife Rebecca, daughter of Thomas Sayer of Norwich, England. Samuel's grandfather had…

Boyle (Bole), John

Boyle (Bole), John (fl. 1596–1639), minister, was born in Scotland, graduated MA from Edinburgh in 1596, and must have been ordained a minister in Scotland. In 1600, being blind, he was discharged by the general assembly from all…

Boyle, Michael

Boyle, Michael (1615?–1702), Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh, lord chancellor and lord justice, was probably born c.1615 (he gave his age as 64 in April 1679), the elder son among two sons and nine daughters of Richard Boyle…

Dopping, Anthony

Dopping, Anthony (1643–97), Church of Ireland bishop of Meath, was born 26 March 1643, son of Anthony Dopping (d. 1649), clerk of the pleas and the exchequer and MP for Bandon in the 1640 parliament, and his second wife Margaret, sister of…

Grierson, Philip

Grierson, Philip (1910–2006), historian and numismatist, was born in Dublin on 15 November 1910, only son and second of three surviving children (another child had died in infancy) of Philip Henry Grierson (1859–1952) and his wife Roberta Ellen Jane (née Pope), a doctor's…

Johnston (Johnston-Liik ), Edith Mary

Johnston (Johnston-Liik ), Edith Mary (1930–2008), historian and editor, was born 11 July 1930 in Belfast, eldest of three daughters of John Worthington Johnston (1904–52), athlete, presbyterian minister and army chaplain, and his wife Mary Isobel Giraud (née McFadden); a son died at…

MacHale, Joseph Patrick

MacHale, Joseph Patrick (1922–2005), university administrator and sportsman, was born 8 January 1922 in Dublin, sixth child and younger son of J. P. MacHale, a senior official with the Hibernian Insurance Company, and his wife Grace. Educated at CBS Dún Laoghaire (1930–32) and…

Osborne, John

Osborne, John (c.1641/3–1692), lawyer and politician, was probably the son and heir of Francis Osborne of Northambridge, Essex, England. A barrister of the Inner Temple, he was admitted to King's Inns in November 1661. The circumstances of his coming to Ireland are not…

Parker, Henry

Parker, Henry (1604–52), parliamentarian pamphleteer, was born in 1604, the fifth son of Sir Nicholas Parker (d. 1619) and his third wife, Katherine Temple. His family, important Sussex gentry, was based at Ratton. Little is known of his early life until he attended Oxford, where…

Reynell, Richard

Reynell, Richard (1625–99), politician and judge, was born in East Ogwell, Devonshire, England, second son of Sir Richard Reynell, knight, and his wife Mary (née Reynell). He entered the Middle Temple in 1642, but was not called to the English bar until 1653. He later moved to Ireland…

Talbot, Richard

Talbot, Richard (1630–91), earl and duke of Tyrconnell , army officer and lord deputy of Ireland, was the eighth son among eight sons and eight daughters of Sir William Talbot (qv), lawyer and politician, of Carton, Co. Kildare,…

Taylor, Jeremy

Taylor, Jeremy (1613–67), Church of Ireland bishop of Down and Connor, was born in Cambridge, England, third son and fourth among six children of Nathaniel Taylor, barber, and his wife Mary Dean; he was baptised 15 August 1613. Education and early career Having…