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Archer, William (Liam) Aloysius

Archer, William (Liam) Aloysius (1892–1969), Irish Volunteer, army officer, and chief of staff, was born 18 June 1892 at 19 Aughrim St., Dublin, son of Edward Archer, post office telegraph inspector, and Susan Archer (née Matthews). Educated at St Peter's national school,…

Armstrong, Sir Alexander

Armstrong, Sir Alexander (1818–99), naval surgeon and explorer, was born in Co. Donegal, son of Alexander Armstrong of Croghan Lodge, Co. Fermanagh. His family was originally from Cumberland and one of his ancestors was Maj.-gen. John Armstrong (d. 1742), a military engineer and…

Aylward, Alfred

Aylward, Alfred (1843–89), Fenian, was born in New Ross, Co. Wexford, son of a school inspector based in Enniscorthy. A police report later stated that his father died in Westport, Co. Mayo, in 1847. During the course of his life, Aylward used numerous aliases and told many exotic…

Balfe, John Donnellan

Balfe, John Donnellan (1816–80), politician, journalist, and British government spy, was born in Co. Meath, son of James Balfe, gentleman, and Sara Balfe (née Sutherland). He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare, and had a brief career in the British army, joining…

Barry, John

Barry, John (1745–1803), United States Navy captain, was born at Ballysampson, Tacumshane parish, Co. Wexford, son of John Barry, clerk and small farmer, and Catherine Barry (née Kelly). After his family were evicted, they moved to Rosslare and the young Barry went to sea as a cabin boy…

Barry, Sir Redmond

Barry, Sir Redmond (1813–80), barrister and judge, was the fifth of thirteen children of Maj.-gen. Henry Green Barry (1770–1838) and Phoebe Barry (née Drought) of Ballyclough, Co. Cork. His early education was at Curtain's Academy, Cork. At the age of 12 he entered Bexley Hall in Kent,…

Bergin, Osborn Joseph

Bergin, Osborn Joseph (1873–1950), Celtic scholar and poet, was born 26 November 1873 in Cork city, one of seven children (five girls and two boys) of Osborn Robert Bergin, a provision merchant, and Sarah Bergin (née Reddin), daughter of a shopkeeper. His brother, William Bergin,…

Berwick, Walter

Berwick, Walter (1800–68), barrister and judge, was the second son of Rev. Edward Berwick (qv), rector of Esker, Lucan, Co. Dublin, and his first wife, Annie Bermingham. He entered TCD in…

Bewley, Sir Edmund Thomas

Bewley, Sir Edmund Thomas (1837–1908), judge, genealogist, and professor of law, was born at the family home at Clara, King's Co. (Offaly), only son of Edward Bewley of Moate, Co. Westmeath, and Mary Bewley (née Mulock) of Kilnagarna, King's Co. He entered…

Blake, Edward

Blake, Edward (1833–1912), politician and lawyer, was born 13 October 1833 in Adelaide, Upper Canada, the eldest son of William Hume Blake, chancellor of Upper Canada, of Cashel Grove, Co. Galway, and Catherine (Hume) Blake of Humewood, Co. Wicklow. He received his early education…

Blake, John Aloysius

Blake, John Aloysius (1826–87), politician and government official, was born in Waterford city, son of Andrew Blake, gentleman, and Mary Blake (née Gallwey). A Roman Catholic, he was educated at King's College, Waterford, and Government College at Pau in France. His political…

Boyle, Richard Vicars

Boyle, Richard Vicars (1822–1908), civil engineer, was born 14 March 1822 in Dublin, third son of Vicars Armstrong Boyle, a descendant of settlers from Ayrshire, Scotland, who had migrated to Ulster in the seventeenth century, and his wife Sophia, daughter of David Courtney of…

Boyse, Joseph

Boyse, Joseph (1660–1728), presbyterian minister, theologian, and controversialist, was born 14 January 1660 in Leeds, Yorkshire, one of the younger among sixteen children of Matthew Boyse and his wife, Elizabeth (née Jackson). Matthew, a puritan, had lived with his family in…

Brennan, William

Brennan, William (d. 1840), highwayman, was born at Raspberry Hill, Co. Waterford. In the late 1830s he was working at Kilmurry House, Co. Cork, the property of a Mr Grant. Caught while attempting to steal a watch, he became an outlaw, raised a gang, and based himself in the…

Brereton, Sir William

Brereton, Sir William (1789–1864), British army general and inspector-general of the Irish Constabulary, was son of Maj. William Brereton, of Dublin and Bath, officer in the 6th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and later master of ceremonies at the Assembly Rooms in Bath, and his second…

Browne, Anthony

Browne, Anthony (1940–60), soldier, was born 28 May 1940in Dublin, son of John Browne. In December 1957 he joined the army and served as a trooper with the 2nd Motor Squadron. He signed for a further term of enlistment in 1960, on the condition that he was given a posting to the…

Burbidge, Frederick William

Burbidge, Frederick William (1847–1905), botanist, artist, and curator of the botanical gardens of TCD, was born 21 March 1847 at Wymeswold, Leicestershire, England, son of Thomas Burbidge, farmer, and Mary Burbidge (née Spencer).…

Burke, John

Burke, John (1789–1845), priest and political activist, was born in January 1789 at Rochfortbridge, Co. Westmeath, and was educated at St Finian's College, Navan; nothing is known of his parents. He began his final theological training at Maynooth in August 1808 and was ordained…

Byrne, Sir William Patrick

Byrne, Sir William Patrick (1859–1935), under secretary for Ireland (1916–18), was born 12 February 1859 at Beech House, Withington, Lancashire, the fourth son of John Byrne. After attending at St Cuthbert's College, Ushaw, and St Bede's College, Manchester, he studied law at the…

Carbery, James Joseph

Carbery, James Joseph (1820–87), Dominican priest and bishop, was born 2 May 1820 in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, son of Christopher Carbery, small farmer, and Catherine Carbery (née Dodwell or Dowdall). Making preparatory studies in the catholic seminary at Navan, Co. Meath, he…

Chabot, Isabella Charlotte de Rohan-

Chabot, Isabella Charlotte de Rohan- (1784–1868), aristocrat and diarist, was born 16 July 1784 in Leinster House, Dublin, fourth daughter of William Robert Fitzgerald (qv), 2nd duke of Leinster, and his wife Emilia Olivia,…

Christian, Jonathan

Christian, Jonathan (1808–87), barrister and judge, was born 17 February 1808 in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, third son of George Christian, solicitor, and Margaret Christian (née Cormac). He entered TCD in 1824 and graduated…

Cleary, James Vincent

Cleary, James Vincent (1828–98), catholic archbishop and educator, was born 18 September 1828 in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, the son of Thomas Cleary and his wife Margaret O'Brien. Educated locally, at the age of fifteen he went to Rome to begin studies for the priesthood. Returning…

Cleburne, Patrick Ronayne

Cleburne, Patrick Ronayne (1828–64), confederate general, was born 17 March 1828 at Annbrook, near Queenstown, Co. Cork, son of Joseph Cleburne, physician, and Mary Ann Cleburne (née Ronayne). He was educated locally, and at 18 was apprenticed to a local chemist, a trade for which…

Collier, Michael

Collier, Michael (1780–1849), highwayman, was born at Bellewstown Hill, Co. Meath, son of a small farmer; no other details of his parents are known. Aged 13, he was employed as a farm labourer in Co. Louth, and he later worked as a carman on the Dublin–Drogheda mail coach (where he…