Clavin, Terry

Terry Clavin joined the Dictionary of Irish Biography project in 2006 and researches, writes and edits DIB entries, primarily on twentieth century and early modern figures. He has published hundreds of entries in the DIB, latterly with an emphasis on business, sport and journalism, and also helps select DIB entries for inclusion.

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Águila, Don Juan del

Águila, Don Juan del (c.1541?–1603?), Spanish general, was born in Barracco in the province of Avila, Spain. He joined the army, serving in Flanders, in the Mediterranean fighting the Turks, and then in Flanders once more, rising to become a commander of a regiment.…

Alexander, Sir Jerome

Alexander, Sir Jerome (1590–1670), judge and administrator, was born at Gressenhall, Norfolk, the eldest son of Jerome Alexander of Thorpland in Norfolk. Schooled at Aylsham, he entered Furnival's Inn on 1 July 1609, and also matriculated at Caius College, Cambridge, on 11…

Archdekin (Ardsdekin, MacGiolla Cuddy), Richard

Archdekin (Ardsdekin, MacGiolla Cuddy), Richard (1619–93), Jesuit priest and scholar, was born 16 March 1619 in Kilkenny city, son of Nicholas Archdekin and his wife Ann (née Sherlock). After being educated at the classical school in Kilkenny, he travelled to Antwerp (1637) to…

Barnes, Colm

Barnes, Colm (1919–2003), businessman, was born 13 July 1919 in the family home at 258 Falls Road, Belfast, one of eleven children of Diarmuid (Jeremiah) Barnes (d. 1960), draper, and his wife Mary Frances (née McGinely). His father sat on Belfast city council as a nationalist…

Baron (Barron), Bartholomew (Bonaventure)

Baron (Barron), Bartholomew (Bonaventure) (1610–96), Franciscan theologian and miscellaneous writer, was born 24 July 1610 at Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, the second son of Lawrence Baron (d. 1622), a merchant of Clonmel, and his first wife, Maria (d. 1616), sister of…

Barran, Nicholas

Barran, Nicholas (c.1555–1613), merchant and politician, was eldest son of Edmund Barran, alderman and sheriff of Dublin, and his wife Mary, daughter of Alderman Nicholas Humphrey, mayor of Dublin (1541). Elected sheriff for the year 1590–91 and alderman in 1592, he…

Bathe, James

Bathe, James (d. 1570), chief baron of the exchequer, was a relation of Sir Thomas Bathe, Lord Louth. He entered the Middle Temple in 1522, becoming master of the revels two years later. Appointed chief baron of the exchequer on 24 March 1535, he continued to hold this post until…

Beacon (Becon), Richard

Beacon (Becon), Richard (fl. 1567–95), administrator and author, was born in Suffolk, England; nothing is known of his parents. He matriculated as a pensioner at St John's College, Cambridge, on 12 November 1567, graduating BA (1571)…

Bellew (Bedlowe), James

Bellew (Bedlowe), James (d. 1606), merchant and mayor of Dublin, was the son of John Bellew and Anne, daughter of Edward Dowdall, of Co. Louth. Most likely he was born in Louth, but by 1560 he had moved to Dublin. A wealthy merchant trading with Spain, he was very active in…

Belton, Paddy

Belton, Paddy (1926–87), politician and businessman, was born Patrick Fitzgibbon Belton on 26 June 1926 at 5 Mount Street Crescent, Dublin, the third of four sons of Patrick Belton (qv) and his wife Mary (née Fitzgibbon). His father, a…

Bernard (Barnard), Nicholas

Bernard (Barnard), Nicholas (d. 1661), Church of Ireland clergyman and writer, was born in England about the start of the seventeenth century. He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in May 1617, graduating BA (1621) and…

Bingham (Byngham), Sir George

Bingham (Byngham), Sir George (d. 1599), soldier, was fourth son of Robert Bingham of Melcombe Bingham, Dorset, and his wife Alice, daughter of Thomas Coker. A military man, he went to Connacht after the appointment of his brother…

Black, Robert Denis (R. D.) Collison ('Bob')

Black, Robert Denis (R. D.) Collison ('Bob') (1922–2008), economist, was born at Morehampton Terrace, Donnybrook, Dublin, on 11 June 1922, the son of William Robert Black, commercial clerk in the grain trade, and his wife Rose Anna Mary (née Reid). The family moved to Waltham…

Bladen, William

Bladen, William (c.1585–1663), printer and bookseller, was born in England, son of Thomas Bladen, yeoman of Derbyshire; nothing is known of his mother. In 1602 he became an apprentice in the London Stationers’ company, being freed on 7 May 1610. Thereafter he worked in…

Bodkin (Bodekin, Bodikin), Christopher

Bodkin (Bodekin, Bodikin), Christopher (c.1505–1572), catholic and Church of Ireland archbishop of Tuam, was born in Galway, the son of John Bodkin, mayor of Galway in 1518. Said to have been educated at Oxford, he was provided to the see of Kilmacduagh 3 September 1533…

Boland, Harry

Boland, Harry (1925–2013), businessman, was born Henry Boland on 21 September 1925 in the family home at Brian Road in Marino, Dublin, the fifth child of four sons and three daughters of Gerald Boland (qv), politician, and his wife Anne (…

Brabazon, Sir William

Brabazon, Sir William (d. 1552), vice-treasurer and lord justice of Ireland, was the son of John Brabazon, a landowner of Eastwell in Leicestershire, and his wife, whose maiden name was Chaworth. By 1526 he had entered the royal service as a land surveyor and accountant, gaining…

Brady, Hugh

Brady, Hugh (c.1527–1584), protestant bishop of Meath, was born in Trim, Co. Meath, son of a landowner in Dunboyne, Co. Meath; no more details of his parents are known. He is said to have studied at Oxford, but there is no evidence of this in the college registers. His…

Brodie, Malcolm

Brodie, Malcolm (1926–2013), sports journalist, was born on 27 September 1926 in Dumbarton Road, Partick West, Glasgow, the elder of two sons of John Brodie, shipyard worker, and his wife Sarah (née Walker). Raised in a Dumbarton Road tenement, he followed the Glasgow Rangers football…

Browne, Mary Bonaventura

Browne, Mary Bonaventura (d. ante 1694), abbess and chronicler, was one of at least four children (two daughters and two sons) of Andrew Browne, a merchant of Galway city with substantial landholdings across Co. Galway. Her mother was probably Helen Lynch, the earlier of her…

Browne, Patrick

Browne, Patrick (d. 1614), merchant and municipal politician, was the elder of two sons of Patrick Browne of Backweston, Co. Kildare, and his wife Katherine Weston, sister of the former prior of St Wolstan's, Celbridge, Co. Kildare. The Brownes were an old established merchant…

Browne, Sir Valentine

Browne, Sir Valentine (d. 1589), English official and settler in Ireland, was the son of Sir Valentine Browne (d. 1568), of Crofts, Lincolnshire. In a career spanning at least forty years he served three monarchs as an auditor. He audited the accounts of the royal castle at Berwick…

Brown, Ignatius

Brown, Ignatius (1630–79), Jesuit, was born on either 1 or 9 November 1630 in Co. Waterford, and by the late 1640s he was studying philosophy at Compostella in Spain. On 27 June 1651 he entered the Society of Jesus as a novice at Villagarcia before resuming his studies, this time…

Bruodin (MacBrody), Anthony

Bruodin (MacBrody), Anthony (d. 1680), Franciscan author and lecturer, was the son of Miler Bruodin, a landowner, and Margaret O'Mollony; he was a member of a bardic family of Ballyhogan, Co. Clare, who traditionally acted as chroniclers and genealogists to the O'Brien kings of…

Buckley, Din (Den) Joe

Buckley, Din (Den) Joe (1919–2009), hurler, was born Denis Joseph Buckley at the family home in Roman Street, Cork city, on 19 March 1919, the sixth of eleven children of Timothy Buckley, shop assistant, and his wife Elizabeth (née Falvey). The working-class Blackpool district in…