Williams, Fionnuala Carson

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Doherty, John

Doherty, John (c.1895–1980), traditional fiddler, was born in Ardara, Co. Donegal, youngest of the five sons and four daughters of Michael ‘Mickey’ Doherty (c.1850–1934), musician and tinsmith, of the Simey branch of Dohertys of Lettermacaward, Co. Donegal, and…

Doherty, Michael (Mickey)

Doherty, Michael (Mickey) (1894–c.1967), traditional fiddler, was the third son and sixth child among five sons and four daughters of Michael ‘Mickey’ Doherty (c.1850–1934), musician and tinsmith, also known as ‘An Dochartach Mór’, of Lettermacaward, Co.…

Dolley, (Reginald Hugh) Michael

Dolley, (Reginald Hugh) Michael (1925–83), numismatist and historian, was born 6 July 1925 in Oxford, England, the son of A. H. F. Dolley, a civil servant, and Margaret Dolley (née Horgan). His father had Co. Galway antecedents while his mother's were from west Co. Limerick. Michael…

Fox, Charlotte Olivia (née Milligan)

Fox, Charlotte Olivia (née Milligan) (1864–1916), ethnomusicologist, was born 17 March 1864 in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, the eldest child among five daughters and six sons (two of whom did not reach adulthood) of Seaton Forrest Milligan (1836–1916) of Glencar, Omagh, businessman,…

Geoghegan, Arthur Gerald

Geoghegan, Arthur Gerald (1810–89), poet, was born 1 June 1810 in Dublin, son of James Geoghegan and his wife Elizabeth (née Richardson). He joined the civil service in 1830, serving as an exciseman in various towns in Ireland, including Cork city, Ennis, Co. Clare, and Derry city,…

Graves, James

Graves, James (1815–86), clergyman, archaeologist, and historian, was born 11 October 1815 in Kilkenny town, son of Rev. Richard Graves (1785–1857), rector of Coolcullen, Co. Kilkenny, and vicar choral (1817–26) of St Canice's cathedral, Kilkenny, and Joanna Graves (née Anderson…

Hume, Abraham, (‘Billy M'Cart’)

Hume, Abraham, (‘Billy M'Cart’) (1814–84), clergyman and antiquarian, was born 9 February 1814 at ‘Beechfield’, Corcreeny, Hillsborough, Co. Down, the younger of the two sons of Thomas F. Hume, farmer, and Margaret Hume (née Simpson). His birthplace had once been the manse of his…

Jackson, Robert Wyse

Jackson, Robert Wyse (1908–76), clergyman, writer, and artist, was born 12 July 1908 in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, only son of Richard Jackson, a bank manager from Killinane, Co. Kildare, and Belinda Hester Jackson (née Sherlock), of Bandon, Co. Cork. Educated at the Abbey School, Co…

Larminie, William

Larminie, William (1849–1900), poet and folktale collector, was born 1 August 1849 in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, youngest son of William Larminie, who seems to have been a land agent or bank official, and was protestant, of Huguenot descent, and his wife Bridget (‘Beda’), daughter of Col…

MacAdam, James

MacAdam, James (1801–61), manufacturer and geologist, was born in High Street, Belfast, the first child and the elder of two surviving sons of James MacAdam (1775–1821), merchant, and Jane MacAdam (née Shipboy) (1774–1827), a Belfast native. Two siblings died in infancy while a…

McEnery, John

McEnery, John (1796–1841), palaeontologist and catholic priest, was born 17 November 1796 in Limerick city. Educated at St Munchin's seminary, Park House, near Limerick city, he was ordained in 1819 for the diocese of Limerick. Soon thereafter, pursuant to his participation in a…

McGregor, John James

McGregor, John James (c.1773–1834), historian and topographer, was born 24 February c.1773 in Limerick city, the seventh son and youngest of seventeen children (many of whom did not survive to adulthood) of John McGregor (d. 1796), native of Scotland, probably by…

McSkimin, Samuel (‘Sam’)

McSkimin, Samuel (‘Sam’) (1775–1843), local historian and collector, was born near Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, on a site later occupied by the Ollardale hotel, probably the only child of Samuel McSkimin (1754–1808) and his wife Nancy (1740–1820). His father was a unitarian…

Newe, Gerard Benedict

Newe, Gerard Benedict (1907–82), journalist and public servant, was born 5 February 1907 in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, the oldest among three sons and two daughters of Patrick Newe, native of Co. Westmeath, gardener for the MacDonnells of Monavert, Cushendall, and Catherine Newe (née…

O'Meara, Kathleen

O'Meara, Kathleen (1839–88), novelist and biographer, was born in Dublin, the daughter of Den[n]is O'Meara of Tipperary. When she was about five, she moved with her parents to France, where they had connections: a grandfather, Barry…

Porter, Classon Emmett

Porter, Classon Emmett (1814–85), non-subscribing presbyterian minister and writer of local history and biography, particularly that of Irish presbyterianism, was born in Artikelly, near Limavady (then called Newtonlimavady), Co. Londonderry, first child of

Porter, John Scott

Porter, John Scott (1801–80), non-subscribing presbyterian minister, biblical scholar, theologian, and teacher, was born 31 December 1801 at Artikelly, Newtownlimavady (now known as Limavady), Co. Londonderry, the eldest among four children of William Porter and his first wife Mary…

Porter, William

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Reid, Eileen Florence Beatrice (née Oulton)

Reid, Eileen Florence Beatrice (née Oulton) (1894–1981), painter and musician, was born at 19 Upper Mount Street, Dublin, the only daughter and one of two children of George Nugent Oulton , a Dublin barrister. Her birthplace remained her home throughout her life. Educated at the…

Reynolds, Doris Livesey (Mrs Arthur Holmes

Reynolds, Doris Livesey (Mrs Arthur Holmes ) (1899–1985), geologist, was born 1 July 1899 in England, daughter of Alfred Reynolds and Louisa Margaret Reynolds (née Livesey). Educated at Palmer's school, Grays, Essex, and at Bedford College, University of London, she was appointed…

Ross, Jane

Ross, Jane (1810–79), folksong collector, was born 5 August 1810 in or near Limavady, Co. Londonderry, eldest child among four daughters and two sons of John Ross (1781–1830), captain in the Limavady yeomanry and owner of land, flour mills, and a bleach green, and his second wife…

Shanks, James

Shanks, James (1854–1912), farmer, agrarian activist, and self-taught naturalist and historian, was born 4 November 1854 on Ballyfounder farm, two miles south of Portaferry on the Ards peninsula, Co. Down. A presbyterian, after attending Portaferry no. 2 national school until age…

Simms, Samuel

Simms, Samuel (1894–1967) medical doctor, bibliophile, and local historian, was born in Belfast, son of Rev. S. Simms of 22 Oldpark Crescent. After attending RBAI from 1905, he was a brilliant scholar in the school of…

Van Der Hagen, Johann

Van Der Hagen, Johann , (variously, ‘Vander Egan’) (fl.1720–36), painter, was born in The Hague, where he studied art. He moved first to London and then to Ireland, where he worked in Dublin and other towns, particularly in the south of the country. While he is best known…

Vicars, Sir Arthur Edward

Vicars, Sir Arthur Edward (1864–1921), genealogist and antiquarian, was born 27 July 1864 in Leamington, Warwickshire, England, youngest child among three sons and one daughter of Col. William Henry Vicars (1800/01–69), of HM 61st Regt., and Jane Mary Vicars (1821–73), third…