Co. Kildare

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Adair, John George

Adair, John George (1823–85), land speculator and evicting landlord, was born 3 March 1823 at Bellegrove, near Monasterevan, Co. Kildare, son of George Adair, landowner and agricultural improver, and his wife, Elizabeth Trench, sister of…

Aylmer, Charles

Aylmer, Charles (1786–1847), Jesuit priest, was born 29 August 1786 at Painstown, near Kilcock, Co. Kildare, the seat of his father, Charles Aylmer (1720?–1801), one of the county's representatives at the Catholic Convention held in 1792, and said in 1798 to be worth £1,600 p.a.…

Aylmer, William

Aylmer, William (1778–1820), United Irish commander and officer in the Austrian army, was born in March 1778 at Painstown, Co. Kildare, the second son of Charles Aylmer (1720?–1801) but the first son of his second marriage, to Esmay, daughter of William Piers of Castletown, Co.…

Barrington, George

Barrington, George (1755–1804), celebrated pickpocket, was born George Waldron in October 1755 at Maynooth, Co. Kildare, son of Henry Waldron, silversmith, and his wife, a mantua-maker and midwife whose maiden name was Naish. Educated locally, he benefited from the patronage of a…

Barry, Denis

Barry, Denis (1883–1923), Irish Volunteer, commandant of the Cork No. 1 Brigade and trade unionist, was born on 13 July 1883, in Riverstick, Cullen, Co. Cork, the son of John Barry, farmer and Nora Barry (née Sullivan). Denis was born on the family farm, the second youngest of…

Barton, Hugh

Barton, Hugh (1766–1854), wine merchant and vineyard owner, grandson of Thomas Barton (qv) and fourth of six sons of William Barton (1723–92) of Grove, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, and his wife, Grace, was born on 8 January 1766 in Limerick at…

Beasley, Thomas (Tommy)

Beasley, Thomas (Tommy) (1848–1905) and Henry Herbert (Harry) (1852–1939), jockeys, were born at Salisbury House, Athy, Co. Kildare, first and third of the five sons of Joseph Lapham Beasley, large farmer. Four of the boys were to become jockeys, but neither Willie (d. 1892, after a…

Berwick, Edward

Berwick, Edward (1754?–1820), classicist and anglican clergyman, was born in Co. Down, son of Duke Berwick, gentleman. After attending the Rev. Saumarez Dubourdieu's school in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he entered TCD (1770), gained a…

Bewerunge, Heinrich

Bewerunge, Heinrich (1862–1923), musicologist, educator, and composer, was born 7 December 1862 in Letmathe, Westphalia, Germany, the second of nine children of Heinrich Hermann Bewerunge (1836–1901), a building contractor from Lüchtringen-an-der-Weser, and his wife, Maria…

Boylan, Patrick Joseph

Boylan, Patrick Joseph (1879–1974), priest, biblical scholar, and Egyptologist, was born 2 December 1879 in Barrowhouse, near Athy, Co. Kildare, son of Patrick Boylan, a teacher at Shanganamore national school, and his wife Anne (née Walker), of Queen's County (Laois).…

Brayton, Teresa C.

Brayton, Teresa C. (1868–1943), poet and nationalist, was born 29 June 1868 in the townland of Kilbrook, near Enfield, Co. Kildare, fifth child of Hugh Boylan and Elizabeth Boylan (née Downes), tenant farmers. She was educated locally; having trained as a teacher, she worked for a…

Brooke, Sir George Frederick

Brooke, Sir George Frederick (1849–1926), landlord, wine merchant, and banker, was born on 13 August 1849, the eldest son of the three sons and three daughters of Francis Richard Brooke (1817–67), of Summerton, Castleknock, Co. Dublin, and Coolgreany, Co. Wexford, and the Hon.…

Browne, O'Donel Thornley Dodwell

Browne, O'Donel Thornley Dodwell (1903–52), gynaecologist, was born 10 April 1903 in Naas, Co. Kildare, son of O'Donel Henry Dodwell Browne, medical doctor, and Grace Lizzie Browne (née Glover). He was educated at Mourne Grange, Campbell College, and…

Broy, Eamon (‘Ned’)

Broy, Eamon (‘Ned’) (1887–1972), double agent and Garda commissioner, was born 22 December 1887 in Ballinure, Co. Kildare, the son of Patrick Broy, farmer, and his wife, Mary (née Barry). Educated locally, he joined the RIC on 2 August…

Burgh, Thomas

Burgh, Thomas (1744–1810), MP and administrator, was born in May 1744, second son among eight children of Thomas Burgh (1696–1758) of Bert, Co. Kildare, landowner and MP for Lanesborough, Co. Longford (1727–58), and his wife Anne, daughter of Dive Downes, bishop of Cork and Ross (…

Burke, Frank (James Francis) (Feargus de Búrca)

Burke, Frank (James Francis) (Feargus de Búrca) (1895–1987), republican, teacher, and sportsman, was born 8 April 1895 at Carbury, Co. Kildare, son of Henry Joseph Burke, farmer, and Maria Burke (née Kelly). One of the first pupils enrolled at…

Burns, Thomas (Tommy; ‘The Scotchman’)

Burns, Thomas (Tommy; ‘The Scotchman’) (1898–1991), jockey, was born 13 February 1898 in Ayrshire, Scotland, eldest son and third child of James Burns (d.1954), racehorse trainer, and Jane Burns (née Tait; d. 1931). Educated at Ayr Academy, he quickly eschewed school for the…

Byrne, William (Aloysius)

Byrne, William (Aloysius) (1872–1933), poet (‘William Dara ’) and professor of English, was born 30 January 1872 in Rathangan, Co. Kildare. His father, Joseph, who became the principal teacher in the local national school, married Marcella Murray (October 1870) and William was the…

Callan, Nicholas Joseph

Callan, Nicholas Joseph (1799–1864), priest and pioneering scientist in electrical science, was born 22 December 1799 at Darver, between Drogheda and Dundalk, Co. Louth, third youngest among seven children of Denis Callan, farmer, and Margaret Callan (née Smith). His parents…

Canty, Joseph (‘Kidder’)

Canty, Joseph (‘Kidder’) (1894–1971), jockey, was born 20 June 1894 in Kilfrush, Knocklong, Co. Limerick, youngest of eleven children of John Canty, farmer, and Mary Canty (née MacNamara). In 1911 he became an apprentice jockey to

Castle (Castles, Cassels, Cassells), Richard

Castle (Castles, Cassels, Cassells), Richard (c.1690/95–1751), was one of at least four sons in a huguenot family and was possibly born in Kassel, Hesse, Germany; his parents' names are not known. An officer (c.1715) in a regiment of engineers, he travelled…

Coffey, Peter

Coffey, Peter (1876–1943), priest and professor ofphilosophy, was born 27 April 1876 in Rathrone, Enfield, Co. Meath, son of Andrew Coffey, farmer, and Bridget Coffey (née Cosgrove). Educated at the model school, Trim, the diocesan seminary, Navan, and St Patrick's College,…

Colohan, Hugh (Hubert)

Colohan, Hugh (Hubert) (c.1870–1931), politician, was probably born in Newbridge (Droichead Nua), Co. Kildare, where he lived throughout his adult life. A brick and stone layer by trade, from his early career he was deeply involved in labour and nationalist activities.…

Conneff, Thomas Patrick

Conneff, Thomas Patrick (1866–1912), athlete and soldier, was born in Kilmurry, Clane, Co. Kildare, the son of James Conneff and his wife Marcella (née Rourke). The Conneff family were blacksmiths plying their trade in the neighbourhood of Clane, in the shadow of the Jesuit college at…

Connolly, John

Connolly, John (1858–96), champion flat-racing jockey, was born in Naas, Co. Kildare, nephew of the famous jockey Pat Connolly. His uncle was champion in Ireland, and in England, where he won all the English classics in 1834, and the Epsom Derby twice. John was of slight build, and…