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Barbour, Harold Adrian Milne

Barbour, Harold Adrian Milne (1874–1938), promoter of agricultural improvement, was born in July 1874, probably at Dunmurry, Co. Antrim, the son of John Doherty Barbour (1823–1901), a linen manufacturer, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was educated in England (at Elstree, Harrow and…

Barnacle (Joyce), Nora

Barnacle (Joyce), Nora (1884–1951), was born 21/2 March 1884 in the maternity ward of Galway city workhouse (which then served as general hospital for Galway), second daughter (and child) of Thomas Barnacle, baker, and Annie Barnacle (née Healy), seamstress and dressmaker. After the…

Barrington, Thomas

Barrington, Thomas (1881–1930), civil servant, was born 17 December 1881 at Carhuclough, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, eldest of ten children of Peter Barrington and Ann Barrington (née Barry), small farmers. Five of the children emigrated; seven never married. A bright student, he joined…

Bell, John Stewart

Bell, John Stewart (1928–90), physicist, was born 28 July 1928 in Belfast, second child among one daughter and three sons of John Bell and Annie Bell (née Brownlee) of Tate's Avenue, Belfast. Both families were of Scottish protestant extraction. Although his father had left school…

Booth, Sir Henry William Gore-

Booth, Sir Henry William Gore- (1843–1900), 5th baronet, landlord, and Arctic explorer, was born at Lissadell House, Co. Sligo, second son among two sons and three daughters of Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th baronet, landlord, and MP for Sligo, and his second wife, Caroline Susan (née…

Brennan, Louis

Brennan, Louis (1852–1932), engineer and inventor, was born 28 February 1852 in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, youngest of three sons of Thomas Brennan, grocer, ironmonger, and hardware merchant, and Bridget Brennan (née McDonnell). His eldest brother, Michael George Brennan (d. 1871), was a…

Brown, John Shaw

Brown, John Shaw (1822–87), linen manufacturer, was born 12 April 1822 in Waringstown, Co. Down, son of John Brown; his mother's name was probably Catherine Shaw. He was educated for a career in one of the professions; but on the death of his uncle James Brown he took over the…

Butler (Thompson), Elizabeth

Butler (Thompson), Elizabeth (1846–1933), Lady Butler , military painter, was born 3 November 1846 at the Villa Claremont, near Lausanne, Switzerland, the elder daughter of Thomas James Thompson and Christiana Thompson (née Weller). The Thompsons were cosmopolitan in outlook,…

Carew, James Laurence

Carew, James Laurence (1853–1903), politician and newspaper proprietor, was the youngest son of Laurence Carew of Kildangan, Co. Meath, and his wife Anne, only daughter of Garrett Robinson of Kilrainy, Co. Kildare. Educated at Tullabeg College, Clongowes, and…

Clarke, Harry (Henry Patrick)

Clarke, Harry (Henry Patrick) (1889–1931), stained-glass and graphic artist, and illustrator, was born 17 March 1889 in Dublin, third child and younger son among two sons and two daughters of Joshua Clarke (1858–1921), an English-born church decorator, and Brigid Clarke (née…

Fintan

Fintan (d. 878), Irish peregrinus and hermit in Rheinau, was (according to his Life) born as a ciues provintiae Laginensis (a freeman of the province of Leinster) and was the son of a soldier in the army of a Leinster king. He was captured and enslaved by the…

Gwynn, Lucius Henry

Gwynn, Lucius Henry (1873–1902), cricketer and rugby international, was born 5 May 1873 at Ramelton, Co. Donegal, fourth of seven sons of the Very Rev. John Gwynn (qv), clergyman and author, and Lucy Josephine, eldest daughter of…

Heitler, Walter

Heitler, Walter (1904–81), theoretical physicist and philosopher, was born 2 January 1904 in Karlsruhe, Baden, Germany, son of Adolf Heitler, a Jewish engineering professor, and Ottilie Heitler (née Rudolf ). His largely classical early education left him with a lifelong interest…

Hennig, Paul Gottfried Johannes (John)

Hennig, Paul Gottfried Johannes (John) (1911–86), scholar and businessman, was born 3 March 1911 in Leipzig, Germany, fourth of five children of Fürchtegott Max Hennig, protestant theologian and teacher, and his wife Berta Johanna (neé Clemen) who was from a family of distinguished…

Joyce, James (Augustine Aloysius)

Joyce, James (Augustine Aloysius) ) (1882–1941), writer, was born 2 February 1882 in 41 Brighton Square, Rathgar, Dublin, eldest surviving child among four sons and six daughters of John Stanislaus Joyce (qv), from Cork, and May Joyce…

Lafranchini, Filipo

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Lafranchini, Paolo (Paul)

Lafranchini, Paolo (Paul) (1695–1776), stuccoist, was born 17 January 1695 in Bironico near Locarno, in the ‘Svizzera Italiana’ region of Switzerland. The Lafranchinis appear to have been members of the lesser gentry; they owned an inn (which also served as their principal residence…

Lefroy, William

Lefroy, William (1836–1909), Church of Ireland clergyman and dean of Norwich, was born 6 November 1836 in Dublin, the eldest of the four children of Isaac and Isabella Lefroy; his father was of huguenot ancestry. He was educated in Dublin at St Michael-le-Pole, a long-established…

Ludlow, Edmund

Ludlow, Edmund (1616/17–1692), army officer and regicide, was the son of Sir Henry Ludlow (1592?–1643) of Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire, a radical MP in the Long parliament, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1660), daughter of Richard Phelips of Montacute, Somerset. On 10 September 1634 he…

MacPartlin, Thomas

MacPartlin, Thomas (1879–1923), trade unionist, was born 22 August 1879 in Thomas St., Sligo town, son of John McPartland, builder, and Margaret McPartland (née Burns). The family moved to Dublin in his infancy. After attending St Mary's CBS…

MacWhite, Eoin

MacWhite, Eoin (1923–72), diplomat and archaeologist, was born 7 September 1923 in Geneva, Switzerland, son of Michael MacWhite (qv), diplomat, and his wife Paula Asta Gruttner Hillerod, a Danish artist. He was born four days before…

Mahaffy, Sir John Pentland

Mahaffy, Sir John Pentland (1839–1919), classical scholar and provost of TCD, was born at Chapponnaire, near Vevey, Switzerland, on 26 February 1839, youngest of six children of Nathaniel Brindley Mahaffy, Church of Ireland clergyman, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Pentland).…

Masterson, Harold

Masterson, Harold (1946–2005), humanitarian aid worker, was born in Lisbellaw, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, and educated at Portora Royal School in Enniskillen and at QUB, taking an honours degree in social and economic geography. He…

Phelan, Edward Joseph

Phelan, Edward Joseph (1888–1967), civil servant, was born 25 July 1888 at Tramore, Co. Waterford, son of Thomas Edward Phelan, master mariner. He was educated at St Francis Xavier College, Liverpool, and the University of Liverpool (BA,…

Plunkett, Arthur James

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