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Rinuccini, GianBattista

Rinuccini, GianBattista (1592–1653), archbishop of Fermo and papal nuncio to the confederate catholics of Ireland, was born 15 September (NS) 1592 in Rome, son of Camillo Rinuccini, a Florentine patrician, and his wife Virginia Bandini, sister of the important Cardinal Ottavio…

Rishworth, Frank Sharman

Rishworth, Frank Sharman (1876–1960), civil engineer and university professor, was born at Ballymoate Lodge, eldest son of John Rishworth of Tuam, Co. Galway, and Hannah Rishworth (née Sharman). He was educated at the Ranelagh School, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, and at…

Ritchie, John

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Ritchie, William

Ritchie, William (1756–1834), shipbuilder, was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and had a shipbuilding practice at Saltcoats. In March 1791 he visited Belfast and, seeing the potential of the port, returned on 3 July 1791, with ten men, apparatus, materials, and his younger brother…

Rivers, Bartholomew

Rivers, Bartholomew (c.1730–1809), merchant, banker, and developer of Tramore, Co. Waterford, seems to have been the eldest son in the family of five sons and three daughters of Michael Rivers, a merchant at Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, but very likely originally from Dublin…

Roach, Hal

Roach, Hal (1927–2012), comedian and writer, was born John Roach on 4 November 1927 at 88 Manor Street, in Waterford city centre, one of at least five children (three boys and two girls) of Thomas Roche, a labourer, and his wife Catherine (née Farrell). While attending school at the…

Roach, John

Roach, John (1813–87), shipbuilder in America, was born John Roche 25 December 1813 at Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, son of Patrick Roche (occupation unknown) and Abigail Roche (née Meany). Educated locally, he emigrated at the age of 16 to the USA, where he settled at Howells, New Jersey…

Roantree, William Francis

Roantree, William Francis (1829–1918), Fenian, was born in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, son of James Roantree, butcher and auctioneer. He had several brothers, some of whom were later involved in the Fenian movement. Details of his early life are scarce and it is believed that he trained…

Robartes, John

Robartes, John (1606–85), 2nd Baron Robartes of Truro and 1st earl of Radnor, politician, soldier, and lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born in Cornwall, the only son and heir of Richard Robartes, first Baron Robartes of Truro, and his wife, Frances (née Hender), of Bocastle, Cornwall.…

Robbins, Francis (‘Frank’)

Robbins, Francis (‘Frank’) (1895–1979), trade unionist, was born 5 July 1895 at 3 Upper Buckingham St., Dublin, fifth among nine children of William Robbins, sawyer, and Mary Robbins (née Whelan). Educated locally, he started work (1908) in Barrington's soap works in King's Inns St…

Robb, John Hanna

Robb, John Hanna (1873–1956), politician and barrister, was born 4 November 1873 in Clogher, Co. Tyrone, second son among ten children of the Rev. James Gardner Robb (d. 1891), presbyterian minister, and Martha Robb (née Hanna). As a child he spent five years in Toronto, Canada,…

Robb, Nesca Adeline

Robb, Nesca Adeline (1905–76), author, was born 27 May 1905 in Belfast, daughter of Charles Robb, managing director of J. Robb & Co., and his wife Agnes, daughter of Dr Wilberforce Arnold. She was educated at Richmond Lodge (of which she later wrote a record) and went up to…

Roberts, Frederick Charles (‘Fred’)

Roberts, Frederick Charles (‘Fred’) (1905–88), soccer player, was born 2 January 1905 in Montrose Place, Belfast, son of Frederick Charles Roberts snr, boilermaker, and Agnes Roberts (née Parker). Although he lived in Ballymacarrett, the heartland of Glentoran football club in east…

Roberts, Frederick Sleigh

Roberts, Frederick Sleigh (1832–1914), 1st Earl Roberts , field-marshal, was born 30 September 1832 at Cawnpore, India, youngest son of Gen. Sir Abraham Roberts, East India Company (EIC) army, and his second wife, Isabella, widow of Maj. Hamilton Maxwell…

Roberts, George

Roberts, George (1873–1953), actor, publisher, and poet, was born 8 January 1873 in Clarkill, Kilmegan, Castlewellan, Co. Down, son of Oliver Goldsmith Roberts, a warehouse manager, and Margaret Roberts (née Gray). On leaving school he worked briefly in the linen trade, and later in…

Roberts, John

Roberts, John (1712–96), architect, was born in Waterford city, son of Thomas Roberts (d. 1775), an architect and builder of Welsh extraction, and Sarah Roberts (née Bowles), both of Waterford. His mother died young, leaving him and his three sisters to the care of their father,…

Roberts, Michael

Roberts, Michael (1817–82), mathematician, was the eldest son of Captain Michael Roberts, of Kilmoney Abbey near Carrigaline, Co. Cork, and Elizabeth Roberts (née Townsend Stewart). His twin brother was William Roberts (1817–83), also a mathematician and scholar and fellow of…

Robertson, Charles

Robertson, Charles (c.1760–1821), miniature painter, was born in Dublin into a family of jewellers and miniaturists on Ormond Quay; perhaps that of Alexander Robertson, who died at Ormond Quay in July 1768. He lived and possibly trained with his elder brother Walter, who…

Robertson, Clementina

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Robertson, Francis

Robertson, Francis (1737/8–1791), soldier and nabob, was probably born at Churchill, parish of Gartan, Co. Donegal, of which his father, the Rev. John Robertson (d. 1756), was the incumbent. His mother's name is not recorded. He had two sisters, of whom the younger, Elizabeth, did…

Robertson, James Burton

Robertson, James Burton (1800–77), historian, was born 15 November 1800 in London, son of Thomas Robertson, landowner in Grenada, West Indies, and his wife, Maria B. Purcell, widow of T. I. Lyndsay. The Robertsons were presbyterians but James was brought up in the catholic faith…

Robertson, Lawrence Alexander Durdin-

Robertson, Lawrence Alexander Durdin- (1920–94), Church of Ireland clergyman and priest of Isis, was born in London on 6 May 1920, the elder son of Manning Robertson (qv) and his wife Nora (née Parsons), a connexion of the…

Robertson, Manning Durdin

Robertson, Manning Durdin (1887–1945), urban planner and architect, was born 29 May 1887 in London, eldest of three sons and two daughters of Herbert Robertson, barrister and later MP for South Hackney (1896–1906) and his wife Helen Alexandra Melian, daughter of Alexander Durdin,…

Robertson, Olivia Melian

Robertson, Olivia Melian (1917–2013), writer, artist and co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis, was born on 13 April 1917 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, to Manning Durdin Robertson (qv), urban planner and architect,…

Robertson, Walter

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