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Alen, John (1476–1534), archbishop of Dublin, is of unknown parentage. He received his undergraduate training at Gonville Hall, Cambridge, between 1491 and 1495, although there is an unverified tradition that he studied at the University of Oxford before migrating to Cambridge. After receiving his BA in 1494–5, he obtained a fellowship from ...

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Ashton, Sir Robert (d. 1384), soldier and administrator, came from Long Ashton in Somerset, and was the son of another Robert Ashton. The younger Robert's date of birth is uncertain, but he was already a knight in 1361. He accompanied Lionel, duke of Clarence...

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John Thomas Ball (1815–1898) by unknown engraver, pubd 1875 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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C. L. Falkiner

revised by Sinéad Agnew

Ball, John Thomas (1815–1898), judge, born in Dublin on 24 July 1815, was the eldest son of Major Benjamin Marcus Ball (1789–1841) and Elizabeth (1789–1838), daughter of Cuthbert Feltus of Hollybrook, co. Carlow. His father was an officer who served with distinction in the ...

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Barnewall, John, third Baron Trimleston (1470–1538), administrator, was the son and heir of Christopher Barnewall, second Baron Trimleston, and his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Plunket of Rathmore, co. Meath. In 1504 John was the king's attorney and was appointed the king's serjeant-at-law. Early in ...

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J. M. Rigg

revised by D. B. Johnston

Barret, Patrick (d. 1415), bishop of Ferns and administrator, was a canon of the Augustinian abbey of Kells in the bishopric of Ossory. He was consecrated by the pope at Rome in December 1400 and was restored to the temporalities on 11 April 1401. From 1403 he was active in peacekeeping in ...

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G. B. Smith

revised by Daire Hogan

Blackburne, Francis (1782?–1867), judge, was born at Great Footstown, co. Meath, almost certainly on 11 November 1782, though one source gives his year of birth as 1780. He was the fourth son of Richard Blackburne of Footstown, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of ...

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J. T. Gilbert

revised by Sean Kelsey

Bolton, Sir Richard (d. 1648), lawyer and politician, was the son of John Bolton of Fenton, Staffordshire. Having attended the Inner Temple in London, he practised for a time as a barrister in England. It is possible that he married his first wife, ...

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Bowes, John, Baron Bowes of Clonlyon (1691–1767), lord chancellor of Ireland, was born possibly either in Surrey or in Ware, Hertfordshire. He was the second son of Thomas Bowes of Bishopsgate Street, London, a member of the Turners' Company; his mother's surname was ...

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John Bowes, Baron Bowes of Clonlyon (1691–1767) by John Brooks © National Portrait Gallery, London