O'Donnell, Ruan

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Benn, Edward

Benn, Edward (1798–1874), philanthropist, industrialist, and antiquarian, was born in Tandragee, Co. Armagh, third of four sons and five daughters of John Benn, Belfast brewer, and Elizabeth Benn (née Craig). With his younger brother George…

Benson, Charles

Benson, Charles (1797–1880), physician, was born in Collooney, Co. Sligo, into an ancient family, son of Charles Benson, land agent, and Elizabeth Benson (née Gray). Educated at W. C. Armstrong's school in Sligo, he was then indentured (1815) to…

Bewley, Arthur Geoffrey

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Bewley, Henry Theodore

Bewley, Henry Theodore (1860–1945), physician and lecturer, was born 25 June 1860 at Willow Park, Booterstown, Co. Dublin, into a leading quaker family, only surviving son of Henry Bewley (qv), businessman, and Anne Bewley (née Pike). He…

Bond, Oliver Cromwell

Bond, Oliver Cromwell (c.1761–1798), United Irish leader, was born in Co. Donegal, son of a presbyterian minister, and was apprenticed as a youth to a Derry haberdasher. Moving to Dublin in the early 1780s to trade in woollen goods at 54 Pill Lane, he took up residence (…

Boxwell, William

Boxwell, William (1875–1943), physician, was born 6 February 1875 in Bengal, India, second of four sons of Henry Boxwell, chief commissioner in the Indian civil service, and Elizabeth Boxwell (née Stokes). William was educated at Shrewsbury School, Shropshire, and at…

Burkitt, Denis Parsons

Burkitt, Denis Parsons (1911–93), surgeon and epidemiologist, was born 28 February 1911 at Lawnakilla, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, elder son among three children of James Parsons Burkitt (qv), county surveyor and ornithologist,…

Burton, Francis

Burton, Francis (d. 1828), medical doctor, was born in Tuam, Co. Galway. He was apprenticed to a surgeon in Belfast on leaving school, and later worked in Dublin hospitals before entering the army as an assistant surgeon (May 1805). He became a member of the Royal College of…

Byrne, Garret

Byrne, Garret (c.1762–c.1832), United Irishman, was born in Ballymanus, Co. Wicklow, eldest of five sons and two daughters of Garret Byrne, one of Wicklow's largest catholic landowners, and Christian Byrne (née Jans) of Dublin city. Educated in France, he took over…

Byrne, Miles

Byrne, Miles (1780–1862), United Irishman, French army officer, and author, was born 20 March 1780 at Ballylusk, Monaseed, Co. Wexford, the eldest son of Patrick Byrne, a middling catholic farmer, and Mary (née Graham). He joined the United Irishmen in the spring of 1797, and…

Byrne, William

Byrne, William (c.1775–1799), United Irishman, was youngest son of Garret Byrne of Ballymanus, Co. Wicklow. In late 1797 he joined the Wicklow town yeoman cavalry, from which he was ejected (February 1798) for refusing to swear a test oath requiring him to abjure allegiance…

Byrne, William Michael

Byrne, William Michael (1775–98), United Irishman, was son of Colclough Byrne of Drumquin and a Miss Galway of Cork, a descendant of the 1st duke of Ormond (qv). One of Wicklow's small catholic elite, he lived at Park Hill in the Glen of…

Clossy, Samuel

Clossy, Samuel (c. 1724–1786), pioneering anatomist, was born in Dublin, son of Bartholomew Clossy, a prosperous city merchant, and Anne Ogle. After early schooling in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, he entered TCD (1739) under the…

Cunningham, Philip

Cunningham, Philip (d. 1804), United Irishman and leader of the most serious convict insurrection in Australian history, was born c.1770 at Gleann Liath (Moyvane), near Listowel, Co. Kerry. He moved to Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, in the 1790s to work as a publican and a mason…

Dwyer, Michael

Dwyer, Michael (1772–1825), United Irishman, was born in Camara, west Wicklow, the eldest son of John Dwyer, a tenant farmer, and his wife, Mary (née Byrne). He had three brothers and three sisters. In 1784 the Dwyers moved to a small sheep farm at Eadestown in the remote and…

Holt, Joseph

Holt, Joseph (1756?–1826), United Irishman, was born at Ballydonnell, Wicklow, one of six children of John Holt, a protestant farmer, and his wife, Mary. While the headstone on his grave records his year of birth as 1756, he was baptised in July 1759 in the Church of Ireland…