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Andrews, Michael

Andrews, Michael (1788–1870), industrialist, was third son of Michael Andrews (d. 1805), linen bleacher, of Annsborough, near Castlewellan, Co. Down, and Elizabeth Andrews (née Meek), who was Scottish. He had three sisters. The Andrews family was of great importance in the…

Andrews, Thomas

Andrews, Thomas (1843–1916), politician and linen magnate, was born 26 February 1843 in Comber, Co. Down, fourth and youngest son of John Andrews, JP, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of William…

Armstrong, James

Armstrong, James (1781?–1839), unitarian minister and educationist, was born at Ballynahinch, Co. Down, where his father John Armstrong (1754?–1837) was a merchant; his mother, Margaret (1751?–1836), was a daughter of John Strong (d. 1780), presbyterian minister at Ballynahinch (…

Aston, William George

Aston, William George (1841–1911), Japanese scholar and diplomat, was born 9 April 1841, near Derry, the son of George Robert Aston, a Unitarian minister. In the early 1850s the family moved to Saintfield, Co. Down, where his father established a school in which Aston himself taught…

Carmichael, Richard

Carmichael, Richard (1779–1849), surgeon, medical reformer, and benefactor, was born 6 February 1779 in Dublin, fourth son of Hugh Carmichael, solicitor, and Sarah Carmichael (née Rogers), and was educated privately by the Rev. John Fea. Apprenticed to Robert Moore Peile (1763?–…

Drummond, James

Drummond, James (1835–1918), unitarian minister and theologian, was born 14 May 1835 in Dublin, the youngest of three sons of William Hamilton Drummond (qv) (1778–1865), unitarian minister of the Strand Street chapel, Dublin…

Drummond, William Hamilton

Drummond, William Hamilton (1778–1865), unitarian minister, theologian, poet, scholar, and controversialist, was born in August or September 1778 at Larne, Co. Antrim. He was the second of three children of William Drummond, a Royal Navy surgeon, and his wife Rose (née Hare), a…

Duffin, Adam

Duffin, Adam (1841–1924), stockbroker and public figure, was born 6 December 1841, second son of Charles Duffin of Belfast, a linen manufacturer, and linen and flaxseed merchant, and his wife Theodosia (née Grimshaw), granddaughter of

Hazlitt, William

Hazlitt, William (1737–1820), unitarian minister, was born in Shronell, Co. Tipperary, one of three sons and four daughters of John and Margaret Hazlitt (or Haslett). The father, a presbyterian merchant who had left the north of Ireland some years before, was almost certainly related…

Hincks, Thomas David

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Hincks, Thomas Dix

Hincks, Thomas Dix (1767–1857), presbyterian minister, naturalist, and scholar, was born 24 June 1767 at Bachelor's Quay, Dublin, son of Edward Hincks (d. 1772), a customs officer from Chester, England. His mother's maiden name was Dix, and after the premature death of her…

Hincks, William

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Hodges, John Frederick

Hodges, John Frederick (1815–99), scientist, was born 5 December 1815 in Scotch St., Downpatrick, Co. Down, only child of John Hodgess, solicitor, and his wife Mary (née Hodgess), who were first cousins; it is not known when he dropped the second ‘s’ of the name. According to his…

Holmes, Robert

Holmes, Robert (1765–1859), lawyer, was born 8 November 1765 in Dublin, eldest son of Hugh Holmes, merchant, from Chapelizod, Co. Dublin (formerly a painter in Belfast), and Mary Holmes (née Smith). He entered TCD in 1782, was a scholar…

Hutton, Mary Ann

Hutton, Mary Ann (1862–1953), Irish-language scholar and writer, was born in Manchester, England, the eldest child of James Drummond (qv) and his wife Frances (née Classon), who later had two sons and five more daughters. Secondary sources…

Huxley, Margaret Rachel

Huxley, Margaret Rachel (1855–1940), nursing pioneer, was born in Croydon, Surrey, England, sixth among eight children of William Thomas Huxley (eldest brother of T. H. Huxley, FRS), and his wife, Esther (née Hopkins). She was…

Ireland, Beatrice de Courcy (née Haigh) (‘Betty’, ‘Bet’)

Ireland, Beatrice de Courcy (née Haigh) (‘Betty’, ‘Bet’) (1911–99), socialist and anti-war activist, was born 25 May 1911 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, youngest of four daughters of Philip Haigh, a Yorkshire-born architect, and Victoria Alice Haigh (née Brunker), a native of…

Ireland, John Evan de Courcy

Ireland, John Evan de Courcy (1911–2006), socialist, activist, teacher, and maritime historian, was born 19 October 1911 in Lucknow, India, only child of De Courcy Ireland (1873–1915), a British army major of Irish ancestry, and his English-born wife Gabrielle (née Byron).

Laffan, William Mackay

Laffan, William Mackay (1848–1909), journalist, newspaper owner, and art connoisseur, was born 24 January 1848 at 41 Philipsburgh Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, eldest of six children of Michael Laffan, clerk in the Custom House, and Ellen Sarah Laffan (née Fitzgibbon). William's…

Midgley, Henry Cassidy (‘Harry’)

Midgley, Henry Cassidy (‘Harry’) (1892–1957), trade unionist and politician, was born 8 September 1892 at 59 Seaview St., Belfast, third child and eldest son among two daughters and three sons of Alexander Midgley (1860–99), shipyard labourer, originally of Lurgan, Co. Armagh,…

Redpath, James

Redpath, James (1833–91), journalist, abolitionist and Land Leaguer, was born 24 August 1833 in Berwick-on-Tweed on the Anglo–Scottish border , eldest of nine children (two sons and two daughters survived to adulthood) of Ninian Davidson Redpath, schoolmaster, and his wife Maria (…