Co. Meath

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Áed Allán

Áed Allán (d. 743), son of Fergal and king of Tara, belonged to the Cenél nÉogain dynasty. His father, Fergal (qv) son of Máel-dúin, king of Tara, was slain by the Leinstermen in 722. His mother was probably a daughter of Ernán, a Cenél…

Ailill Molt

Ailill Molt (‘ram[-like]’) (d. 482), son of Nath Í, king of Connacht and putatively king of Tara, was an early representative of the Uí Fhiachrach dynasty of Connacht. His father, Nath Í son of Fiachra, is claimed by Middle Irish sources to have been king of Tara. His mother is…

Archer, Patrick

Archer, Patrick (d. 1686), merchant, was fifth and youngest son of Walter Archer and Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Shee, from two of the leading families in the city of Kilkenny. Walter Archer served as mayor of Kilkenny in 1610; Patrick's older brother Henry sat as MP for the city…

Balfe, John Donnellan

Balfe, John Donnellan (1816–80), politician, journalist, and British government spy, was born in Co. Meath, son of James Balfe, gentleman, and Sara Balfe (née Sutherland). He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare, and had a brief career in the British army, joining…

Ball, Margaret

Ball, Margaret (1515?–1584?), recusant and martyr, was born in Corballis in the barony of Skreen, Co. Meath, daughter of Nicholas Bermingham and his wife Katherine, daughter of Richard de la Hide of Drogheda, a descendant of Edward I. She married (1530) Bartholomew Ball, a…

Beaufort, Sir Francis

Beaufort, Sir Francis (1774–1857), rear-admiral and hydrographer, was born 27 May 1774 at Flower Hill, Navan, Co. Meath, younger son of Daniel Augustus Beaufort (qv), rector of Navan, and Mary Beaufort (née Waller). He attended…

Betagh, Thomas

Betagh, Thomas (1738–1811), Jesuit priest and educator, was born in May 1738 in Kells, Co. Meath, into a family of tanners whose ancestors had lost their estates in the Cromwellian confiscation. He received his early education at Kells, but was enrolled in the Jesuit academy in…

Blackburne, Francis

Blackburne, Francis (1782–1867), lord chancellor of Ireland (1852–3, 1866–7), was born 11 November 1782 at Footstown, Co. Meath, the only surviving son of Richard Blackburne (d. 1798), country gentleman, and Elizabeth Blackburne (née Hopkins) of Darvistown, Co. Meath, a descendant…

Blake, Richard Thomas

Blake, Richard Thomas (1868–1937), secretary of the GAA and journalist, was born 15 January 1868 at Ladyrath, Rathkenny, Navan, Co. Meath, eldest son of seven sons and one daughter of Philip Blake (d. 1906), large farmer, and Eliza Martha Blake (née Cogan). His interest in and…

Bligh, Thomas

Bligh, Thomas (1693–1775), soldier and MP, was born 14 August 1693, second among three sons of Thomas Bligh (1654–1710), of Rathmore, Co. Meath, country gentleman, privy counsellor, and MP for Athboy, Co. Meath (1692–3) and for Co. Meath (1695–9, 1703–10), and his wife Elizabeth (…

Blood, Thomas

Blood, Thomas (1617/1618–1680), conspirator and spy, was born in Sarney, Co. Meath, the son of a relatively prosperous blacksmith and ironworker, probably also Thomas Blood, from whom he may have inherited the lands he later held at Sarney and in Co. Wicklow. He appears to have had…

Blowick, John

Blowick, John (1889–1972), missionary priest and theologian, was born 26 October 1888 in Belcarra, Co. Mayo, eldest son of John Blowick, farmer, and Honoria Blowick (née Madden). He had one sister and two younger brothers. John was educated at Westport…

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…

Brennan, Thomas

Brennan, Thomas (1853–1912), nationalist and agrarian radical, was born 28 July 1853 at Yellow Furze, Co. Meath, second of two children of James Brennan of Beauparc and Catherine Brennan (née Rourke). Little is known of his earliest years or schooling, although he developed into a…

Butcher, Samuel

Butcher, Samuel (1811–76), scholar and Church of Ireland bishop of Meath, the eldest son of Vice-Admiral Samuel Butcher and his wife, Elizabeth (née Herbert), of Cahirnane, Co. Kerry, was born at his father's home in Danesfort, Killarney, Co. Kerry. He was educated at home until…

Butler (Thompson), Elizabeth

Butler (Thompson), Elizabeth (1846–1933), Lady Butler , military painter, was born 3 November 1846 at the Villa Claremont, near Lausanne, Switzerland, the elder daughter of Thomas James Thompson and Christiana Thompson (née Weller). The Thompsons were cosmopolitan in outlook,…

Caddell, Cecilia Mary (Maria)

Caddell, Cecilia Mary (Maria) (1814–1877), novelist, was born at Harbourstown, Co. Meath, the second daughter of Richard O'Ferral Caddell (1780–1856) and Paulina (d. 1856), daughter of Thomas Arthur, second Viscount Southwell. Despite being a lifelong invalid, Caddell managed to…

Cadogan, William

Cadogan, William (1672–1726), 1st Baron and Earl Cadogan , soldier, was born at Liscartan, Co. Meath, eldest son of Henry Cadogan (1642–1714), barrister, of Liscartan and Dublin, and Bridget Cadogan, daughter of Sir Hardress Waller…

Carolan, Turlough (Ó Cearbhalláin), Toirdhealbhach

Carolan, Turlough (Ó Cearbhalláin, Toirdhealbhach ) (1670–1738), Irish harper and composer, was born near Nobber, Co. Meath, the son of John Carolan, a small farmer or blacksmith. In 1684 the family moved to Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon, where John Carolan was employed by the MacDermott…

Carter, Thomas

Carter, Thomas (1690–1763), politician, was born at Hollybrook, Co. Dublin (and baptised at St Bride's, Dublin, 31 March 1692), only surviving son of Thomas Carter (qv), MP, and Margaret Carter (née Houghton). Educated at Mr Wall's school…

Casey, Elizabeth Owens Blackburne

Casey, Elizabeth Owens Blackburne (1845?–94), author (as ‘E. Owens Blackburne ’), was born 10 May 1845/8 in Slane, Co. Meath, daughter of Andrew Casey and his wife (née Mills), and great‑granddaughter of Richard Blackburne of Mulladillon House, Co. Meath. She lost her sight as a…

Cináed

Cináed (d. 851), son of Conaing and king of Cianachta and north Brega, belonged to the Uí Chonaing lineage of Síl nÁedo Sláine, an Uí Néill dynasty based at Cnogba (Knowth), Co. Meath. His father, Conaing, died (849) as king of Brega. Cináed had at least two brothers; Dúnchad, the…

Clinton, Mark

Clinton, Mark (1915–2001), government minister and farmer, was born in Walterstown, Moynalty, near Kells, Co. Meath, on 7 February 1915, the fourth son of Tom Clinton, farmer of 160 acres at Walterstown, and his wife Margaret (née Kearney). His father was elected to Meath County Council…

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,…

Cogan, Anthony

Cogan, Anthony (1824/5–72), catholic priest and diocesan historian, was born at Slane, Co. Meath, the first of the six sons of Thomas Cogan, a baker, and his wife Anne (née Sillary). Anne Cogan, whose family owned land at Nobber and Platten, was a protestant until her marriage.…