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Abernethy, William

Abernethy, William (1864–1930), professional photographer, was the son of Robert Abernethy, farmer, from Comber, Co. Down. Details of his early life are lacking, even in obituaries published in the Belfast press. He learned his trade in Belfast, in the studio of a successful…

Anderson, John

Anderson, John (1815–1905), woollen merchant, geologist, bibliographer, and local politician, was born 8 July 1815 near Coleraine, Co. Londonderry. After moving to Belfast he entered (1840) the woollen business in Donegall St. founded by James Young in 1795. Anderson's eminence…

Anderson, Sir John D'Arcy

Anderson, Sir John D'Arcy (1908–1988), army officer, was born 23 September 1908 in Ballyhosset, Downpatrick, Co. Down, the only child of Major Reginald D'Arcy Anderson of Ballyhosset, Downpatrick, and his wife, Norah, daughter of Colonel Thomas Gracey of Blackheath, London. He won…

Andrews, John Miller

Andrews, John Miller (1871–1956), prime minister of Northern Ireland, was born 17 July 1871 in Comber, Co. Down, eldest of four sons and one daughter of Thomas Andrews, miller, and Eliza Andrews of Ardara, Comber, daughter of James Alexander Pirrie of Belfast, and sister of Viscount…

Andrews, Sir James

Andrews, Sir James (1877–1951), lord chief justice of Northern Ireland, was born 3 January 1877 in Comber, Co. Down, third among five sons of Thomas Andrews of Comber, industrialist, and his wife Elizabeth, only daughter of James Alexander Pirrie of Clandeboye, Co. Down, and sister…

Andrews, Sir John Lawson Ormrod (‘Jack’)

Andrews, Sir John Lawson Ormrod (‘Jack’) (1903–86), politician and businessman, was born 15 July 1903 at Maxwell Court, Comber, Co. Down, the only son among the three children of John Miller Andrews (qv), later prime minister of…

Andrews, Thomas

Andrews, Thomas (1873–1912), shipbuilder, was born 7 February 1873 at Ardara, Comber, Co. Down, where his family, members of the non-subscribing presbyterian church, had been prominent in business for several generations. He was the second son of Thomas Andrews (1843–1916), for…

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…

Annesley, Hugh

Annesley, Hugh (1831–1908), 5th earl of Annesley , horticulturist, and politician, was born 26 January 1831 in Dublin, second son of William Richard Annesley (1772–1838), 3rd earl and MP for Downpatrick (1815–20), and his second wife, Priscilla Cecilia (d. 1891), daughter of Hugh…

Annesley, Mabel Marguerite

Annesley, Mabel Marguerite (1881–1959), wood engraver and watercolourist, was born 25 February 1881 at Castlewellan, Co. Down, only daughter among two children of Hugh, 5th earl of Annesley, of Castlewellan, and his first wife, Mabel Wilhelmina Frances (née Markham). She was…

Arlow, William James ('Bill')

Arlow, William James ('Bill') (1926–2006), anglican cleric and peacemaker, was born in Banbridge, Co. Down, on 23 November 2006, son of William John Arlow, a printer on the local newspaper, and his wife Mary (née Wilson). One of his parents was the child of a protestant father and a…

Armstrong, George Francis Savage

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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 (…

Bagenal (O'Neill), Mabel

Bagenal (O'Neill), Mabel (c.1571–95), countess of Tyrone , was born in Newry, sixth daughter and youngest among eleven children of Sir Nicholas Bagenal (qv), marshal of the army in Ireland, and Eleanor Griffith…

Baird, Ernest Austin

Baird, Ernest Austin (1930–2003), unionist politician and businessman, was born 13 June 1930 in Ballycrampsie, on the Malin peninsula in Co. Donegal, son of Samuel Baird, a farmer, and his wife Rachel (née Fulton); he had two sisters. In 1953 the family moved to Belfast. Although Baird…

Barber, Samuel

Barber, Samuel (1738?–1811), presbyterian minister and radical, was born in the parish of Killead, Co. Antrim, younger son of John and Sarah Barber, farmers. He entered Glasgow University in 1757 and graduated MA in 1759. On 28 August 1761 he…

Barbour, William Pirrie ('Bill')

Barbour, William Pirrie ('Bill') (1920–2009), teacher, and community and political activist, was born in Newtownards, Co. Down, son of Walter Terence Barbour, a director of the Combe Barbour engineering firm, and his wife Blanche (née Redman), whose father owned wine shops in London…

Barcroft, Sir Joseph

Barcroft, Sir Joseph (1872–1947), physiologist, was born at The Glen, Newry, Co. Down, second of five children of the quakers Henry Barcroft (qv), DL, and Anna (Richardson) Barcroft, daughter of…

Barnett, John

Barnett, John (1794–1880), presbyterian minister, was born near Saintfield, Co. Down, eldest son of John Barnett, tanner in Belfast; his mother may have been Jane Gibson. He was at first apprenticed to a Belfast business house, but his father allowed him to leave to attend Glasgow…

Barre, William Joseph

Barre, William Joseph (1830–67), architect, was born in Newry, Co. Down, and articled to Thomas Duff of Newry (1847–8) and Edward Gribbon of Dublin (1848–50) before establishing his practice (1850) in Newry. He gained immediate recognition with his controversial design for the…

Barry, Margaret (‘Maggie’)

Barry, Margaret (‘Maggie’) (1917–89), folk singer, was born 1 January 1917 in Peter Street, Cork city, one of five children of Timothy Cleary and his wife Mary or Margaret (née Thompson ); the family were travellers who had been loosely settled in the Cork city area for two…

Bates, John Dawson

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Batt, Narcissus

Batt, Narcissus (1767?–1840), banker and merchant, was born in Belfast, eldest of five sons of Capt. Robert Batt, who sold his commission in the 18th Regiment after marriage to become a Belfast merchant, and his wife Hannah, daughter of Samuel Hyde, a Belfast linen draper. In 1779…

Bell, Elizabeth Gould

Bell, Elizabeth Gould (1862?–1934), medical doctor and suffragist, was born in Newry, Co. Down, daughter of Joseph Bell of Spring Hill, Newry, clerk of the Newry Union. Little is known of her childhood and early education. With her sister Margaret Bell, she completed one year's…

Bell, Robert

Bell, Robert (1864–1934), geologist, was born in Ballycreen, Co. Down, and may have been one of two Robert Bells, born in 1864 and registered in Lisburn, the poor law union centre for Ballycreen townland. The first was born 20 May 1864, to Robert Bell and Eliza McNeice; the second,…