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Adams, Ronald James (Ronnie)

Adams, Ronald James (Ronnie) (1916–2004), racing driver and businessman, was one of the last of a generation of successful amateur gentleman drivers, and was well known in his native Ulster. He was born in Belfast on 8 March 1916, only son of James Adams and his Scottish wife Sarah…

Aiken, Jim

Aiken, Jim (1932–2007), music promoter and businessman, was one of seven or eight children born to Joseph Aiken and his wife Annie (née Fagan), and was raised on the family farm in Jonesborough, Co. Armagh, close to the border. After completing his secondary education, he studied…

Alderdice, Frederick Charles

Alderdice, Frederick Charles (1871–1936), businessman and politician, the last prime minister of the dominion of Newfoundland, was born 10 November 1871 at Rose Cottage, Stranmillis, Belfast, son of William Alderdice, linen and yarn merchant, and Rachael Katharine (‘Kathleen’)…

Alexander, Robert (‘Bob’)

Alexander, Robert (‘Bob’) (1910–43), rugby player and cricketer, was born 24 September 1910 in 57 Distillery St., Belfast, youngest child among two sons and three daughters of David Alexander, shipyard engine fitter, originally from Co. Armagh, and Mary Jane Alexander (née Clark),…

Algeo, Sir Arthur

Algeo, Sir Arthur (1903–67), businessman, was born in April or May 1903 in George's St., Sligo, elder son among two sons and four daughters of Thomas Algeo, railway employee and later mayor of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, and Anne Jane Algeo (née Stockdale). Arthur was educated in…

Allen, David

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Allen, Frederick Martin Brice

Allen, Frederick Martin Brice (1898–1972), medical professor, was born 20 June 1898 in Ulsterville Avenue, Belfast, son of William Allen, a grocer, and his wife Annie Allen (née Holden). He studied medicine (1915–20) at QUB,…

Allen, Robert

Allen, Robert (1904–68), presbyterian minister, was born 30 March 1904 in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, son of Robert Allen (1865–1951), farmer, from near Cullybackey, Co. Antrim, and Emma Allen (née Crooks), from a farming family in Co. Armagh. Although born in Ballymena, he grew up and…

Allen, William Edward

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Allison, Richard Sydney

Allison, Richard Sydney (1899–1978), neurologist and historian, was born 15 May 1899 in Belfast to William and Eliza Allison, and attended RBAI and QUB. Before completing his…

Andrews, Thomas

Andrews, Thomas (1813–85), doctor, physical chemist, and university administrator, was born 19 December 1813 at 3 Donegall Square, Belfast, eldest son of Thomas John Andrews, linen merchant, of the well known Andrews family of Comber, and Elizabeth Andrews (née Stevenson) of…

Armstrong, Edward Allworthy

Armstrong, Edward Allworthy (1900–78), clergyman, ornithologist, and scholar, was born 8 October 1900 in Belfast, son of Hamilton Armstrong and Mary Armstrong (née Allworthy), and grandson of Samuel Allworthy, a prominent Belfast physician. Armstrong was educated at…

Armstrong, John Ward

Armstrong, John Ward (1915–87), Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh, was born 30 September 1915 in Belfast, eldest of four sons of John Armstrong, an official of Belfast corporation, and Elizabeth Armstrong (née Ward). He was educated at Belfast Royal Academy and…

Baillie, George L.

Baillie, George L. (d. 1922), pioneer of Irish golf, was born in Musselburgh, Scotland; nothing is known about his parentage or early life except that he played golf from childhood at the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club. He taught English in Scotland before serving (1880–90) as head…

Bain, John Alexander

Bain, John Alexander (1861–1947), presbyterian minister and theologian, was born at Galway 22 June 1861. He was educated at QCG and at Assembly's College, Belfast, and obtained an MA of the…

Baird, Mary (Frances Josephine)

Baird, Mary (Frances Josephine) (1907–2009), nurse and health service administrator, was born 22 May 1907 in Belfast, the sixth of nine children (four boys and five girls) of Robert Baird, originally from Donegal, an RIC constable, and his wife Frances Harriet (née Hogan), from…

Baird, William Savage

Baird, William Savage (1824–86) and George Courtenay Baird (1833–75), printers and newspaper proprietors, were brothers, natives of Randalstown, Co. Antrim; they had at least one other brother, Thomas Drew Baird (d. 1890), who joined the business after George Baird died. Both William…

Bambrick, James (Joe)

Bambrick, James (Joe) (1905–83), association footballer, was born 3 November 1905 at 20 Buckingham St., Belfast, son of Henry Bambrick, trunk-maker, and Elizabeth Bambrick (née Henning). After several years with local sides Rockville, Ulster Rangers, and Bridgemount, he joined (1926…

Barkley, John Monteith

Barkley, John Monteith (1910–97), presbyterian minister, scholar and historian, was born in Belfast on 18 October 1910, the only son of Robert James Barkley and his wife Mary Darcus (née Monteith). He had a younger sister. When John was born the family was living with his mother's…

Barnes, Colm

Barnes, Colm (1919–2003), businessman, was born 13 July 1919 in the family home at 258 Falls Road, Belfast, one of eleven children of Diarmuid (Jeremiah) Barnes (d. 1960), draper, and his wife Mary Frances (née McGinely). His father sat on Belfast city council as a nationalist…

Barnes, Michael James

Barnes, Michael James (1932–2008), festival director, was born in Peckham, south London, England, on 31 October 1932. His parents were Robert Barnes and Winifred Barnes (née Dee), who married in 1931. In 1945 he won a scholarship to Alleyn's School in Dulwich, an independent school…

Barniville, Henry Leo (‘Harry’ or ‘Barney’)

Barniville, Henry Leo (‘Harry’ or ‘Barney’) (1887–1960), surgeon and senator, was born in Belfast 10 April 1887, fourth son of John Barniville, DL, of Co. Tipperary and Mary Barniville (née Bourke) of Co. Galway. Educated at St Malachy's…

Barr, Andrew (Andy)

Barr, Andrew (Andy) (1913–2003), trade unionist and communist, was born 23 September 1913 at 29 Cluan Place, off Mountpottinger Road, Ballymacarrett, Belfast, second child among two sons and five daughters (two other children died in infancy) of Andrew Barr (d. 1986, aged 98), a…

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…

Barr, (Sarah) Venie

Barr, (Sarah) Venie (1875–1947), political and community activist, was born 3 October 1875 in Abbeyleix, Queen's Co. (Laois), daughter of James Moyles , trader, and Eliza Jane Moyles (née Pratt). Active in unionist organisations, she was an original member of the Ulster Women's…