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Duquery, Henry

Duquery, Henry (1749×1751–1804), barrister and MP, son of Henry Duquery of Dublin, was educated by the Rev. Thomas Ball in Dublin. He matriculated at TCD 8 July 1766, became a scholar (1769), and graduated…

Ensor, George

Ensor, George (1769–1843), barrister and political writer, was born in Dublin, son of George Ensor (qv), architect, and Sara Ensor (née Clarke), heiress to Ardress House, Co. Armagh. His uncle John Ensor (qv) was an…

Farren, Elizabeth

Farren, Elizabeth (1762–1829), countess of Derby and actress, was born 6 July 1762 either in Cork, Bath, or Southampton, to George Farren, surgeon and apothecary of Cork, and his wife Margaret (née Wright), daughter of a wealthy brewer in Liverpool who latterly fell on hard times.…

Gibson, William

Gibson, William (1753–1838), Reformed Presbyterian minister, was born 1 July 1753 near Knockbracken, Co. Down, son of Robert Gibson, farmer, and his wife Susanna (née McWhirr). He was brought up as an orthodox presbyterian, but during his studies at Glasgow University (where he…

Hastings, Francis Rawdon

Hastings, Francis Rawdon (1754–1826), 2nd earl of Moira , 1st marquess of Hastings , soldier, whig politician, and viceroy of India, was born 7 December 1754 in Dublin, eldest son of John Rawdon (qv), 1st earl of Moira (1723/4–1793), and…

Hill, Mary

Hill, Mary (1764–1836), marchioness of Downshire , Baroness Sandys of Ombersley in her own right, and noted whig partisan, was born 19 September 1764, daughter and heir of Col. Martin Sandys (d. 26 December 1768), and his wife Mary, daughter and heir of William Trumbull of…

McIlmoyle, Robert John

McIlmoyle, Robert John (1875–1965), Reformed Presbyterian minister and member of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), was born 10 April 1875, eldest son among five sons and four daughters of Robert McIlmoyle, farmer, of Stradreagh, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, and Margaret McIlmoyle (…

Radcliffe, John

Radcliffe, John (1765?–1843), lawyer, judge, PC, and author, was born in Co. Fermanagh, only son of Richard Radcliffe, clergyman, and his wife Christian, daughter of Robert Mason of Co. Galway and widow of Joseph Ormsby. After his father's…

Rawdon, Elizabeth

Rawdon, Elizabeth (1731–1808), countess of Moira , literary patroness, and amateur antiquarian, was born 23 March 1731, eldest surviving daughter of Theophilus Hastings , 9th earl of Huntingdon, and his wife Selina, daughter of Washington Shirley, 2nd Earl Ferrers. Selina, countess…

Rawdon, John

Rawdon, John (1720–93), 1st earl of Moira , landowner, patron of the arts, and opposition peer, was born 17 March 1720, second (but first surviving) son of Sir John Rawdon, 3rd baronet, of Rawdon Hall, Yorkshire, and Moira, Co. Down, and Dorothy, daughter of Sir…

Reid, Thomas

Reid, Thomas (1791–1825), naval surgeon and author, was one of four sons of Thomas Reid, farmer, from Cadian, near Eglish, Co. Tyrone. He received a classical education from the family pastor, the presbyterian minister Hugh Bell, before attending the Royal College of Surgeons in…

Robertson, William

Robertson, William (1705–83), clergyman and theological writer, was born 16 October 1705 in Dublin, son of a presbyterian linen manufacturer from Scotland and his wife Diana Allen, a native of Durham. He received his early education at the school of…

Rogers, John

Rogers, John (1740–1814), presbyterian minister and Volunteer, was youngest son of James Rogers, elder of Newbliss congregation, Co. Monaghan. He was said to be a descendant of the Rev. John Rogers, the first protestant martyr to be burned at the stake during the reign of Queen…

Rourke, Felix

Rourke, Felix (1765–1803), United Irishman, was the son of a small farmer who kept the turnpike gate and carman's stage on the Naas Road, half a mile from Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. In early life he served an apprenticeship in Dublin as a shoemaker and then became a clerk in a tanyard…

Rutty, John

Rutty, John (1698–1775), physician, writer, diarist, and historian of Irish quakers, was born 25 December 1698 in Wiltshire, to quaker parents John and Esther Rutty. He may have been orphaned young, for he spoke of spending the ages 13 to 18 at various schools,then being ‘…

Ryan, Edward

Ryan, Edward (c.1750–1819), clergyman and pamphleteer, was second son of John Philip Ryan and his wife, formerly a Miss Murphy, who were possibly Roman catholic. An Edward Ryan, eldest son of Philip Ryan, farmer, of Cordangan, Co. Tipperary, conformed to the Church of…

Ryves, Elizabeth

Ryves, Elizabeth (1749–97), author, journalist, and translator, was born in Ireland, eldest of three daughters. Her father was probably Robert Ryves who had been a lieutenant in the 31st Regiment of Foot in 1740; no details of her mother are known. The family claimed to be related…

Scott, John

Scott, John (1739–98), 1st earl of Clonmell , lawyer, MP, and judge, was born 8 June 1739, third son of Thomas Scott, church of Ireland vicar of Urlings, Co. Kilkenny, afterwards of Modeshill and Mohubber, Co. Tipperary, and his wife Rachel, eldest daughter of Mark Prim of Johnswell…

Shackleton, Abraham

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Shackleton, Abraham

Shackleton, Abraham (1696–1771), schoolmaster, was born in 1696 at Shackleton House, Bingley, Yorkshire, youngest of six children born to Abraham Shackleton and his wife Sarah Briggs, quakers. His mother died when he was six, his father when he was eight. Abraham suffered from a…

Shackleton, Richard

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Sinclair, John

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Sinclair (Sinclaire), William

Sinclair (Sinclaire), William (1760–1807), linen manufacturer and radical, was second among four sons of Thomas Sinclair (1719–98), merchant, and his wife Hester Eccles Pottinger, whom he married in 1749. Thomas came to Belfast from Newtownards and served his apprenticeship with…

Sinclair, Thomas

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Skeffington, Clotworthy

Skeffington, Clotworthy (1743–1805), 2nd earl of Massereene , eccentric, was born 28 January 1743, eldest son of Clotworthy Skeffington, 1st earl of Massereene (c.1713–1757) and his second wife, Anne (c.1715–1805), daughter of Henry Eyre of Row Tor, Derbyshire. At…