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Yeats, John Butler

Yeats, John Butler (1839–1922), painter and critic, was the eldest of the three sons of the Rev. William Butler Yeats (1806–62), Church of Ireland rector of Tullylish, Co. Down, and his wife, Jane Grace Corbet (1811–76). John Butler Yeats was brought up in a strict protestant…

Yeats, Susan Mary (‘Lily’)

Yeats, Susan Mary (‘Lily’) (1866–1949), embroiderer and designer, was born 25 August 1866 at Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, daughter of John Butler Yeats (qv), painter, and Susan Yeats (née Pollexfen). A sickly child, she stayed in Merville,…

Yeats, William Butler

Yeats, William Butler (1865–1939), poet and dramatist, was born 13 June 1865 at Georgeville, Sandymount Avenue, Dublin, the eldest child of John Butler Yeats (qv) (1839–1922) and Susan Mary Yeats (née Pollexfen; 1841–1900). The couple…

Yeats, (William) Michael Butler

Yeats, (William) Michael Butler (1921–2007), senator and MEP, was born on 22 August 1921 in Cuttlebrook House, Thame, Oxfordshire, younger child and only son of William Butler Yeats (qv), poet and dramatist, and…

Yelverton, Barry

Yelverton, Barry (1736–1805), 1st Viscount Avonmore , lawyer and MP, was born 28 May 1736 near Newmarket, Co. Cork, eldest son of Francis Yelverton (1705–46), of Blackwater, and his wife Elizabeth (d. 1804), daughter of Jonas Barry of Kilbrin, all of Co. Cork. Yelverton's family…

Yonge, James

Yonge, James (d. p.1425), a Dublin notary of Anglo-Irish extraction, possibly related to the William Yonge who was archdeacon of Meath 1417–37, was commissioned by James Butler (qv), 4th earl of Ormond, to compose a new…

Yore, William

Yore, William (1781–1864), catholic priest, was born 22 May 1781 in St Paul's parish, Dublin. Nothing has been ascertained about his family. He attended the school in Saul's Court kept by Joseph Betagh (qv), the well-known secularised…

Yorke, Peter Christopher

Yorke, Peter Christopher (1864–1925), priest, journalist, and controversialist, was born 13 August 1864 in Galway city, son of Gregory Yorke, sea captain, and Bridget Yorke (née Kelly). His father died when he was six months old; his mother subsequently remarried. Educated at St…

Yorke, Philip

Yorke, Philip (1757–1834), 3rd earl of Hardwicke , lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born 31 May 1757 in Bloomsbury, London, son and heir of Charles Yorke, lawyer (lord chancellor for three days before his death, 20 January 1770), and his first wife, Catherine, daughter and heir of…

Young, Alexander

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Young, Arthur

Young, Arthur (1741–1820), agriculturist and author of A tour in Ireland, was born 11 September 1741 in London, youngest child and younger son of Arthur Young, clergyman and chaplain to the speaker of the British house of commons, and his wealthy wife, Anne Lucretia de…

Young, Charles

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Young, Charles

Young, Charles (1746–1825), merchant, was born in St John's parish, Limerick, probably early in March 1746, a son of William Young, a prominent merchant, and his wife, Mary (née Cahill). Another son, John Young (1746?–1813), was parish priest of Bruff, Co. Limerick, and later…

Young, Edith Mary

Young, Edith Mary (née O'Connor ) (1882–1974), suffragist, was born 10 September 1882 at 4 Pilot's Cottages, Harbour Rd (Bullock Harbour), Dalkey, Co. Dublin, daughter of John O'Connor, a clerk in the Four Courts, Dublin (1882), and subsequently clerk in the record and writ office…

Young, Ella

Young, Ella (1867–1956), poet, republican, and mystic, was born 26 December 1867 in the townland of Fenagh, near Ballymena, Co. Antrim, eldest of at least five daughters of James Bristow Young and his wife, Matilda (née Russell), whose family were from Fenagh and who was a Reformed…

Young, Henry

Young, Henry (1786–1869), catholic priest, was born in Dublin on 8 June 1786, the second son and third child in the family of Charles Young (qv) and his wife, Margaret (née Hevey). After two or three years as a boarder at a catholic…

Young (Henry), Mabel Florence

Young (Henry), Mabel Florence (1889–1974), artist, was born 18 August 1889, youngest of seven children of William Henry Young , owner of a coaching business, of 3 Union St., Ryde, Isle of Wight, and Emma Young. She was educated in Ryde, but, with her father's business adversely…

Young, James Edward (‘Jim’)

Young, James Edward (‘Jim’) (1915–92), hurler and all-round sportsman, was born 16 October 1915 in Ballyboy, Dunmanway, Co. Cork, eldest among fifteen children of John (‘Jack’) Young, national school principal and holder of an All-Ireland hurling medal with Cork in 1911, and…

Young, James (‘Jimmy’)

Young, James (‘Jimmy’) (1918–74), comedian and actor, was born in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Fernwood St. in the Ormeau district of Belfast, where his father had secured a job looking after the stables for Inglis's bakery. On leaving school…

Young, Joseph Samuel

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Young, Mary ('Jenny Diver')

Young, Mary ('Jenny Diver') (c.1704–41), notorious pickpocket and head of a criminal gang, was born c.1704 in the north of Ireland. There are no extant records relating to Young's early life so most accounts rely on the text published by James Guthrie, The…

Young, Mary Ursula

Young, Mary Ursula (1783–1830), Ursuline nun and writer, was born 9 October 1783 at Dublin, the eldest child of Charles Young (qv), merchant, and his wife Margaret Young (née Hervey). They were a devout family: four of Mary's brothers…

Young, Matthew

Young, Matthew (1750–1800), clergyman, Irish scholar, and natural philosopher, was born 3 October 1750 at Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, fourth son of Owen Young, a minor landowner who impoverished his family through dissolute habits, and Olivia Maria Young (née Bell). He was educated…

Young, Peter

Young, Peter (1950–99), soldier and archivist, was born 16 June 1950 at Holles St. maternity hospital, Dublin, second son of Peter Young, army commandant (originally of Cork) and Mary Young (née Condon), living at 29 Skreen Road, off Navan Road, near McKee Barracks, Dublin. He had…

Young, Robert

Young, Robert (1800–p.1867), poet, known as ‘Fermanagh True Blue’, was born at or near Fintona, Co. Tyrone, into humble circumstances. He described himself as ‘an almost illiterate journeyman nailor’ (Orange minstrel, xvi) and was resentful all his life of his lack…