Co. Wicklow

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Armstrong, Harold Reginald (‘Reg’)

Armstrong, Harold Reginald (‘Reg’) (1928?–1979), motorcycle champion and businessman, was born, probably in September 1928, in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, the only son of Irish parents, Frederick W. Armstrong and Margery Armstrong (née Wilson). The family returned to Ireland to…

Barlow, Jane

Barlow, Jane (1856–1917), poet, novelist, and short story writer, was born 17 October 1856 in Dollymount, Dublin, the second child and eldest daughter of the Rev. James William Barlow (qv), history professor and subsequently vice-…

Barrington, Charles

Barrington, Charles (1834–1901), mountaineer and horseman, was born 5 October 1834, sixth son and ninth child of Edward Barrington of Fassaroe, Bray, Co. Wicklow, a well-to-do quaker farmer, and his first wife, Sarah (née Leadbeater) of Ballytore, Co. Kildare. Nothing is known of…

Barrington, Richard Manliffe

Barrington, Richard Manliffe (1849–1915), naturalist and ornithologist, was born 22 May 1849 at his family home of Fassaroe, Co. Wicklow, eighth and youngest son of Edward Barrington, JP, and the only son and eldest child of his second wife…

Beasley, Henry Herbert (Harry)

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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…

Beckett, Walter Keohler

Beckett, Walter Keohler (1914–96), composer, musician, and writer, was born 27 July 1914 in Dublin, youngest of four children of James Walter Beckett (qv), building contractor and TD, and…

Bellings (Bealing), Richard

Bellings (Bealing), Richard (c.1603–1677), lawyer, politician, and historian, was eldest son of Sir Henry Bellings (of an Old English catholic family with properties in Dublin and Kildare) and his wife Maud, about whom nothing else is known. Richard gained admittance to…

Benson, Ernest Edmondson

Benson, Ernest Edmondson (1898–1975), businessman and politician, was born 5 October 1898 in Dublin, second child of Robert Benson, company director, and Bessie Benson (née Hulme), quakers. The family lived at 3 Orwell Rd, Rathgar, Dublin. His maternal grandfather was a draper and…

Bewley, Ernest

Bewley, Ernest (1860–1932), founder of Bewley's Oriental Cafés, was born 14 November 1860 at Donore, Bray, Co. Wicklow, into a well established quaker business family, grandson of Samuel Bewley (qv) and younger son among two sons and…

Blachford, Theodosia

Blachford, Theodosia (1744–1817?), philanthropist and leading methodist, was born at her father's residence in Rosanna, Co. Wicklow, only daughter of William Tighe (qv), landowner and MP, and Lady Mary Tighe of Rathmore, Co. Meath,…

Bourke, Fergus (Ignatius)

Bourke, Fergus (Ignatius) (1934–2004), photographer, was born 31 July 1934 in Bray, Co. Wicklow. His mother was Eileen (Eibhlín) Bourke (née Somers). His father Thomas Bourke (Tómas de Búrca), who worked for Dublin Corporation, was related to people prominent in twentieth‑century…

Bowden, John

Bowden, John (fl. 1798–c.1822), architect, was possibly born in Blessington, Co. Wicklow; nothing is known of his family. He was educated at the Dublin Society school of architectural drawing (1798–c.1801), apprenticed to…

Boylan, Eugene

Boylan, Eugene (Richard Kevin) (1904–64), physicist, monk, and writer, was born 3 February 1904 in Bray, Co. Wicklow, and was baptised Richard Kevin Boylan, one of at least three sons and two daughters of Richard Joseph Boylan, manager of the Hibernian Bank, and Agnes Honoria…

Boyle, Hilary Joyce

Boyle, Hilary Joyce (1899–1988), journalist, broadcaster, and activist, was born 25 October 1899 in south London, second child of Gerald Alexander Thompson, vicar of St Gregory's church, Canterbury, and canon of Canterbury cathedral, and Winifred Helen Thompson (née Hopkins), and…

Boyle, Ina (Selina Adelaide Philippa)

Boyle, Ina (Selina Adelaide Philippa) (1889–1967), composer, was born 8 March 1889 in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, daughter of Rev. William Foster Boyle, curate in Powerscourt parish, and his wife Philippa Augusta Jephson. Her father made violins and cellos as a hobby. She grew up at…

Bradshaw, Harry

Bradshaw, Harry (1913–90), professional golfer, was born 9 October 1913 in Killincarrig, Co. Wicklow, eldest among four sons and two daughters of Edward ‘Ned’ Bradshaw, golf caddie and later golf professional at Delgany Golf Club, and Elizabeth Bradshaw (née Walsh) of Killincarrig…

Brayden, William John Henry

Brayden, William John Henry (1865–1933), journalist, was born 13 September 1865 in Armagh city, son of William Henry Brayden, pawnbroker and later manager of the Ulster Gazette, and Eliza Brayden (née Windrum). He had at least three siblings. The family was Church of…

Brennan, Patrick (‘Paudge’)

Brennan, Patrick (‘Paudge’) (1922–98), politician, was born 18 February 1922 in Carnew, Co. Wicklow, fourth among nine children of Thomas Brennan (c.1887–1953), builder and politician, and Sarah Brennan (née Quinn). During the war of independence his father had been…

Brewster, Abraham

Brewster, Abraham (1796–1874), lord chancellor of Ireland 1867–8, was born 10 April 1796 in Ballymutra House, west Co. Wicklow, son of William Bagenal Brewster and his wife Mary, daughter of Thomas Bates of Askinvillar, Co. Wexford. After boarding at Kilkenny College, he…

Browne, Maurice

Browne, Maurice (1892–1979), priest and novelist, was born in Grangemockler, Co. Tipperary, son of Maurice Browne, schoolteacher, and Catherine Browne (née Fitzgerald). Educated at Rockwell and then Clonliffe Colleges, he was ordained from Maynooth as a priest in the Dublin…

Brown, Stephen James Meredith

Brown, Stephen James Meredith (1881–1962), Jesuit priest, bibliographer, and librarian, was born 24 September 1881 in Holywood, Co. Down, eldest of four children of Stephen James Brown (1853–1931), solicitor and JP, and Catharine Brown (…

Butler (le Botiller), Theobald

Butler (le Botiller), Theobald (1242–85), magnate and 4th chief butler of Ireland, was only son of Theobald Butler (qv) and Margery, daughter of Richard de Burgh (qv…

Byrne, Garret

Byrne, Garret (c.1762–c.1832), United Irishman, was born in Ballymanus, Co. Wicklow, eldest of five sons and two daughters of Garret Byrne, one of Wicklow's largest catholic landowners, and Christian Byrne (née Jans) of Dublin city. Educated in France, he took over…

Byrne, William

Byrne, William (c.1775–1799), United Irishman, was youngest son of Garret Byrne of Ballymanus, Co. Wicklow. In late 1797 he joined the Wicklow town yeoman cavalry, from which he was ejected (February 1798) for refusing to swear a test oath requiring him to abjure allegiance…