Co. Tyrone

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Adair, Rhona (Kathleen)

Adair, Rhona (Kathleen) (1881–1961), amateur international golfer, was born 2 September 1881 at Glenavon, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, one of six children of Hugh Adair, linen manufacturer, and (Mary) Augusta Lee Adair (née Graves). The family, who were presbyterian, were keen golfers:…

Averell, Adam

Averell, Adam (1754–1847), Primitive Wesleyan clergyman, was born 7 May 1754 at Mullan, Co. Tyrone, son of Adam Averell and Mary Averell (née Johnston). He spent some time in his childhood with his grandmother Johnston. His relation John Averell, bishop of Limerick, for whom his…

Baillie (Bailie), James Kennedy

Baillie (Bailie), James Kennedy (1793?–1864), classicist and protestant clergyman, was the son of the Rev. Nicholas Ward Kennedy, a schoolmaster, and grandson of James Kennedy, a medical man in Co. Down. He entered TCD aged fourteen (1807…

Bardin, Charles

Bardin, Charles (c.1788-1841), clergyman and producer of instructive literature, was born in Dublin, son of Peter Bardin, revenue officer; his date of birth and his mother's name are unknown. He graduated BA (1817),…

Barnhill, John ('Jack') Eccles Nixon

Barnhill, John ('Jack') Eccles Nixon (1905–71), senator and businessman, was born 11 April 1905 at Brickfield, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, the third child and second son in a family of at least five children (two sons and three daughters) of William Wilson Barnhill (1867–1950), a well-to-…

Bates, Sir David Robert

Bates, Sir David Robert (1916–94), theoretical physicist and founder member of the Alliance party, was born 18 November 1916 at Omagh, Co. Tyrone, second surviving child among four children of Walter Vivian Bates, pharmacist, from Mountrath, Queen's Co. (Laois), and Mary Olive Bates…

Boyd, Henry

Boyd, Henry (1749?–1832), clergyman, poet, and translator, was born in Co. Tyrone, son of Charles Boyd, farmer; nothing is known of his mother. Educated by Mr Davison, he entered TCD as a sizar (June 1770), gained a scholarship (1773),…

Boyd, Hugh

Boyd, Hugh (1765–95), MP and mine owner, was born 23 February 1765, probably in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, eldest son of Ezekiel Davys Boyd and Amy Boyd (née Frisby). His father, a grandson of Hugh Boyd (qv) (d. 1765), owned estates and…

Boylan, Patricia

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Buchanan, Alan Alexander

Buchanan, Alan Alexander (1907–84), Church of Ireland archbishop, was born 23 March 1907 at Fintona, Co. Tyrone, son of Hugh Buchanan, solicitor, and Louie Donaldson of London. Educated at Masonic Boys' School, Dublin, and TCD, he…

Burke, William

Burke, William (1793?–1829), murderer, was born probably at Urney, near Strabane, Co. Tyrone, son of Neil Burke, labourer. Born into a catholic, Irish-speaking family, he received some education and was servant to a presbyterian minister for a time. When he tired of this he tried…

Byrne (O'Byrne), Patrick James

Byrne (O'Byrne), Patrick James (1759–1819), president of Maynooth College, was born in Eglish, Co. Tyrone, one of at least three children of Art O'Byrne (1710–92), farmer, and Martha O'Byrne (née Kempson). He studied at the Irish College of Nantes, France, where, after gaining a…

Campbell, Robert

Campbell, Robert (1804–79), trader, businessman, and philanthropist, was born 12 February 1804 on a 180-acre farm at Aghalane, near Plumbridge in the Glenelly valley, Co. Tyrone, the youngest of four sons and two daughters of Hugh Campbell (c.1748–1810) and his second wife,…

Campbell, Thomas

Campbell, Thomas (1733–95), Church of Ireland clergyman and miscellaneous writer, was born at Glack, Co. Tyrone, on 4 May 1733, the eldest son of the Rev. Moses Campbell (1695?–1772) and his wife, Elizabeth (née Johnston) of Tully, Co. Monaghan. He entered…

Carleton, Sir Guy

Carleton, Sir Guy (1724–1808), 1st Baron Dorchester , soldier, and colonial governor, was born 3 September 1724 in Strabane, Co. Tyrone, third son of Christopher Carleton of Newry and his wife Catherine (née Ball) from Co. Donegal. He had three brothers and three sisters. Guy…

Carleton, William

Carleton, William (1794–1869), novelist and short-story writer, was born, probably on 4 March 1794, in Prillisk, near Clogher, Co. Tyrone, the youngest of fourteen children (eight of whom survived) of James Carleton, a catholic tenant farmer, and his wife Mary Kelly. James Carleton…

Carson, Alexander

Carson, Alexander (1776–1844), nonconformist minister, was born c.September 1776 at Annahone, near Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone, eldest son of William Carson. His mother's name and his father's occupation are unknown. Intended for the ministry at an early age, he was…

Caulfeild, James

Caulfeild, James (1728–99), 1st earl of Charlemont , politician, and landowner, was born 18 August 1728 at Castle Caulfeild, Co. Tyrone, second (but first surviving) son of James Caulfeild, 3rd Viscount Charlemont, and his wife Elizabeth Barnard of Castle Barnard, Co. Cork. As his…

Charles, John James

Charles, John James (1845–1912), physiologist, was born 13 December 1845, probably at Loy House, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, eldest among seven sons of David H. Charles, doctor and JP at Cookstown, and Annie E. Charles (née Allen). He attended…

Charles, Robert Henry

Charles, Robert Henry (1855–1931), Biblical scholar, was born 6 August 1855 at Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, probably in Loy House, fifth of the seven sons of Dr David H. Charles and Annie E. Charles (née Allen). He attended Belfast Academy and won a scholarship to…

Churchill, Fleetwood

Churchill, Fleetwood (1808–78), obstetrician and medical writer, was born 21 February 1808 in Nottingham, England, third among four sons (the first two of whom died in infancy) and one daughter of Fleetwood Churchill (1772–1811), mercer, and Hannah Churchill (née Page). He was…

Clancy, Basil

Clancy, Basil (1907–96), publisher, magazine editor, and journalist, was born Anthony Sebastian Clancy in Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, on 7 July 1907, the seventh of the twelve children of Patrick J. Clancy, JP (d. 1947), linen merchant and…

Craig, William ('Bill')

Craig, William ('Bill') (1924–2011), politician, was born on 2 December 1924 at Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, son of John Craig, bank manager, and his wife Mary Kathleen (née Lamont). Educated at the Royal School Dungannon and Larne Grammar School, he joined the

Cunningham, Patrick

Cunningham, Patrick (1878–1960), politician and farmer, was born 4 June 1878 in Mountjoy East, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, son of Michael Cunningham, farmer, and his wife Catherine (née McConalogue), both of Co. Tyrone. He was educated locally, before becoming a highly successful farmer. His…

Curtis, Maeve

Curtis, Maeve (1911–71), journalist and teacher, was born Alice Margaret, 7 August 1911, at West Teebane, Co. Tyrone, fifth child of four daughters and one son of John Curtis and his wife Alice Geown, both from Tyrone. Her father was a farmer-builder. Her mother died when she was…