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Hardiman, James

Hardiman, James (1782–1855), historian and librarian, was born in February 1782 at Westport, Co. Mayo, only son of Tomás (or Richard) Ó hArgadáin or Hartigan, a small estate owner, originally from Co. Meath, and his wife Marcella or Margery (née Hall). Hardiman, according to his…

Hardinge, Sir Henry

Hardinge, Sir Henry (1785–1856), 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore , chief secretary for Ireland, was born 30 March 1785 in Kent, third son of Henry Hardinge, rector of Stanhope, Durham, and his wife Frances, daughter of James Best of Kent. He began his army career at the age of 14 as…

Harding, John

Harding, John (1697?–1725), and his wife Sarah (fl. 1721–9), Dublin printers and publishers, were closely associated with Jonathan Swift (qv). John Harding was probably the John Harding born on 6 August 1697 to James and…

Harding, Sarah

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Hardman, Edward Fitzmorris Chambré

Hardman, Edward Fitzmorris Chambré (1898–1988), professional photographer, was born 25 November 1898, only son among four children of Edward Chambré Hardman, land agent, of Abilene, Newtownpark Ave., Blackrock, Co. Dublin, and his wife (m. 5 September 1893) Gertrude Elizabeth, of…

Hardman, Edward Townley

Hardman, Edward Townley (1845–87), geologist in Ireland and Australia, was born 6 April 1845 in Drogheda, Co. Louth, into a well connected merchant family; a forebear had been MP for Drogheda (1797–1800, 1801–6). His father's name is not known. He could have been the Edward Townley…

Hardy, Edward John

Hardy, Edward John (1849–1920), Church of Ireland clergyman and author, was born 7 May 1849 in Armagh, one of at least two children of the Rev. James Hardy (c.1814–1874), perpetual curate of Moylary, Co. Louth, and Sarah Hardy (née Harden). Educated at Royal School,…

Hardy, Francis

Hardy, Francis (1751–1812), biographer and MP, was son and heir of Henry Hardy, esq., of Dublin. He was educated by Thomas Ball of Dublin before entering TCD in 1766 (BA, 1771) and the Middle Temple…

Hardy, Philip Dixon

Hardy, Philip Dixon (1794–1875), printer, bookseller, and author, was probably born in Dublin of protestant parents; nothing else is known of his origins. In 1818 a Philip Dixon Hardy was a wine merchant at 20 Great Longford St.; this was probably either the subject or his father.…

Hare, William

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Harington, Sir John

Harington, Sir John (1560–1612), courtier and author, was born at Kelston near Bath, England, son of John Harington, confidential servant to Henry VIII, and Isabella, daughter of Sir John Markham of Cotham. A godson of Queen Elizabeth, he was chosen to accompany the 2nd earl of…

Harkin, Hugh

Harkin, Hugh (1791–1854), journalist, teacher, poet, and nationalist, was born 6 July 1791 in Magilligan, Co. Derry. Little is known about his early life and education before he established a career as a teacher and journalist attached to various newspapers in both Britain and…

Harkin, Nora

Harkin, Nora (1910–2012), republican socialist, was born on 15 September 1910 at her parents' farm in Breenagh, near Glenswilly, in the Co. Donegal Gaeltacht. Her father, Michael McGinley (1852–1940), a Fenian, wrote the ballad 'Glenswilly' as he sailed to New Zealand in 1878. Returning…

Harland, Sir Edward James

Harland, Sir Edward James (1831–95), shipbuilder and politician, was born 15 May 1831 at Scarborough, Yorkshire, the third surviving son of Dr William Harland, a general medical practitioner, and his wife, Anne Harland (née Peirson). William Harland was a Unitarian with an inventive…

Harmsworth, Alfred Charles William

Harmsworth, Alfred Charles William (1865–1922), Viscount Northcliffe , journalist and newspaper proprietor, was born 15 July 1865 at Chapelizod, Co. Dublin, eldest among seven sons and three daughters of Alfred Harmsworth, teacher and later barrister, of London, and…

Harmsworth, Cecil Bisshop

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Harmsworth, Geraldine Mary

Harmsworth, Geraldine Mary (1838–1925), matriarch, was born 24 December 1838 in Dublin, fifth child and daughter among eight children of William Maffett of Co. Down and Dublin, and his second wife, Margaret (née Finlayson) of Dublin, whom he had married in 1831. By his first…

Harnett, Dorothy Grace

Harnett, Dorothy Grace (Waring , Dorothy Gainsborough) (1891–1977), fascist and novelist, was born in Woolwich, London, only child of Col. Henry Waring, a Royal Artillery officer from an east Co. Down gentry family, and his wife Florence. Much of her childhood was spent in Malta and…

Harnett, Philip

Harnett, Philip (1943–96), Jesuit priest, was born 6 January 1943 in Dublin, the third child of Patrick Harnett and Ursula Treacy. He had two brothers, John and Patrick, and three sisters, Anne, Catherine, and Mary. Following an education at Pembroke School, Ballsbridge, and…

Harold, Francis

Harold, Francis (c.1617–1685), Franciscan priest and historian, was born in Limerick. Though he claimed to be of Hiberno-Norse royal stock, nothing is known of his immediate family. His mother was a member of the Wadding family of Waterford and his father may have been…

Harold, James

Harold, James (1744–1830), priest and prisoner, was born into a Co. Wicklow family that claimed descent from King Harold (d. 1066) of England. He was ordained (1774), studied at Antwerp (c.1779), and was PP of Saggart and Rathcoole, Co.…

Harrel, Sir David Alfred

Harrel, Sir David Alfred (1841–1939), policeman and public servant, was born 25 March 1841 at Ardglass, near Downpatrick, Co. Down, youngest son of David Harrel of Mountpleasant, Co. Down, agent for the local Ker estate, and his wife Jane, daughter of James Wharton of Belfast.…

Harrel, William Vesey

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Harrington, Edward

Harrington, Edward (c.1852–1902), journalist and politician, was born in Castletownbere, Co. Cork, a son of Denis Harrington and Ellen O'Sullivan. In 1879, with his brother Timothy Charles Harrington (qv), he bought…

Harrington, Niall Charles

Harrington, Niall Charles (1901–81), soldier, writer, and broadcaster, was born 23 January 1901 at 6 Cavendish Row, Dublin, one of the eight children of Timothy Charles Harrington (qv), MP, barrister at law, and his wife…