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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’)…

Barton, Arthur Henry ('Harry')

Barton, Arthur Henry ('Harry') (1916–2006), naval officer, writer, broadcaster, and public figure in Northern Ireland, was born 13 January 1916 in Belfast, only son of Arthur Willis Barton (qv), then Church of Ireland curate in…

Beaty, James

Beaty, James (1798–1892), politician and newspaper proprietor in Canada, was born near Killeshandra, Co. Cavan, in 1798, possibly on 2 September. He was the youngest of five sons of Robert Beaty, land surveyor, and Catherine Beaty (née Crawford); his father was of a fairly…

Beirne, Bryan Patrick

Beirne, Bryan Patrick (1918–98), entomologist and pest control expert, was born 22 January 1918 in Ballygeary, Co. Wexford, the elder son of Patrick Beirne, tax inspector with UK Customs and Excise and later the Irish Revenue Commissioners, and his wife Mabel, daughter of…

Blake, Edward

Blake, Edward (1833–1912), politician and lawyer, was born 13 October 1833 in Adelaide, Upper Canada, the eldest son of William Hume Blake, chancellor of Upper Canada, of Cashel Grove, Co. Galway, and Catherine (Hume) Blake of Humewood, Co. Wicklow. He received his early education…

Caldwell, Henry

Caldwell, Henry (1738–1810), soldier and administrator, was born at Castle Caldwell, near Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, fourth son among six sons and two daughters of Sir John Caldwell, landowner, and his wife Ann, daughter of Dean John Trench of Raphoe, Co. Donegal. He was educated locally…

Carey, Patrick

Carey, Patrick (1916–94), film-maker, was born Gerard Patrick Carey 5 September 1916 in Streatham, London, the youngest of four children of Cork-born William Denis Carey (d. 1959), a revenue commissioner (1923–44; chairman 1939–44), and May Frances (Wilkinson) Carey (d. 1966) from…

Cashman, Nellie

Cashman, Nellie (1845?–1925), frontier entrepreneur and philanthropist, was born in the mid 1840s near Cobh (Queenstown), Co. Cork. Documentary details of her early life in Ireland and America are few, rendering any chronology of her first twenty-five years largely speculative.…

Cleary, James Vincent

Cleary, James Vincent (1828–98), catholic archbishop and educator, was born 18 September 1828 in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, the son of Thomas Cleary and his wife Margaret O'Brien. Educated locally, at the age of fifteen he went to Rome to begin studies for the priesthood. Returning…

Cleeve, Sir Thomas Henry

Cleeve, Sir Thomas Henry (1844–1908), industrialist, was born 5 June 1844 in Richmond, Quebec, Canada, eldest son among six sons and one daughter of Edward Elms Cleeve (1814–85), originally of Woolwich, England, and later of Cleveland, Quebec, and his wife Sophia Olivia (d. 1904),…

Colthurst, John Colthurst Bowen-

Colthurst, John Colthurst Bowen- (1880–1965), army officer and murderer, was born John Colthurst Bowen in Cork on 12 August 1880, eldest son of Robert Walter Travers Bowen JP (who changed the family name to Bowen-Colthurst in 1882 to meet…

Conroy, George Michael

Conroy, George Michael (1831–78), catholic bishop of Ardagh, was born into ‘a Levitical family’ (Monahan), son of Nicholas Conroy, on 30 December 1831 in Park St., Dundalk, Co. Louth, and educated at a primary school at Dromiskeen, a classical school at Dundalk, the diocesan…

Coulter, John (William)

Coulter, John (William) (1888–1980), playwright, was born 12 February 1888 in Naples St., Belfast, the son of Francis Coulter, a member of the RIC, and Annie Coulter (née Clements). At an early age he was interested primarily in art, and…

Crookshank, Charles Henry

Crookshank, Charles Henry (1836–1915), methodist minister and historian, was born 29 January 1836 at Cayaga, Upper Canada, younger son of Alexander Crookshank – a prominent solicitor and son of the judge Alexander Crookshank (qv…

Davin, Nicholas Flood

Davin, Nicholas Flood (1843–1901), journalist, writer, and politician, was born 13 January 1843 in Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, the only son of Nicholas Davin, doctor, and Eliza Davin (née Lane). Although he later constructed a past that seems at odds with the truth, it appears that he…

Drummond, William Henry

Drummond, William Henry (1854–1907), poet and physician, was born 13 April 1854 in Currawn House, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, eldest of four sons of George Drumm (1812–65), officer in the Irish Constabulary, and Elizabeth Morris Drumm (née Soden). He was educated at Tawley national school…

Eaton, Timothy

Eaton, Timothy (1834–1907), merchant in Canada, was born in March 1834 in the townland of Clougher, near Ballymena, Co. Antrim, fourth son among nine children of John Eaton and Margaret Eaton (née Craig). His father died two months before Timothy was born, and Margaret Eaton…

Farquharson, Tom G.

Farquharson, Tom G. (c.1900–1974), goalkeeper, was born in Dublin, son of a trader; there is no other information on his parents or early life. Displaying an early aptitude for football, he won the Leinster minor cup with Annesley before deciding to concentrate on playing…

Gowan, Ogle Robert

Gowan, Ogle Robert (1803–76), grand master of the Orange order in Canada, journalist, and politician, was born 13 July 1803 in Wexford, eighteenth child of John Hunter Gowan (qv), magistrate of Gorey, Co. Wexford, and captain of the…

Greenwood, Sir Hamar

Greenwood, Sir Hamar (1870–1948), last chief secretary for Ireland, was born 7 February 1870 in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, elder son among two sons and six daughters of John Hamar Greenwood, barrister, originally from Llanbister, mid Wales, and his wife Charlotte Churchill Hubbard. He…

Hart, Peter

Hart, Peter (1964–2010), historian, was born on 11 November 1964 in St John’s, Newfoundland, the second of three children of David Hart, a psychologist, and his wife Anne (neé Hill), a librarian and author. He attended Booth Memorial High School and enrolled in Memorial University of…

Heck, Barbara

Heck, Barbara (1734–1804), methodist, was born in Ballingrane, Co. Limerick, daughter of Sebastian Ruckle (surname later found also as Ruttle ), tenant farmer on the Southwell estate, and his wife Margaret (née Embury). The Ruckles, Emburys, and Hecks were part of a group of…

Henry, Walter

Henry, Walter (1791–1860), surgeon, was born 1 January 1791 in Co. Donegal, first son of John Henry, a merchant in Donegal town, and his wife (name unknown). Educated locally, he studied the classics before entering TCD and then the…

Hincks, Sir Francis

Hincks, Sir Francis (c.1807–85), businessman, journalist, politician, and colonial administrator, was born 14 December 1807 in Cork, the youngest of nine children of the Reverend Thomas Dix Hincks (qv), presbyterian…

Hincks, William

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