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Barr [née Moyles], (Sarah) Venie (1875–1947), political activist and philanthropist, was born at Abbeyleix, Queen's county, on 3 October 1875, the daughter of James Moyles, a trader, and his wife, Eliza Jane Pratt. On 2 July 1901 she married Ainsworth Barr (...

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Blachford [née Tighe], Theodosia (c. 1745–c. 1817), philanthropist, was the only daughter of four children born to William Tighe MP and his first wife, Lady Mary Bligh, granddaughter of the first earl of Darnley, of Rosanna, co. Wicklow, Ireland. Her mother died while she was young, and ...

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Denny [née Fitzmaurice], Lady Arbella (1707–1792), philanthropist, was the second daughter of Thomas Fitzmaurice (d. 1741), twenty-first lord of Kerry, and his wife, Anne (d. 1737), the daughter of Sir William Petty. She grew up at Lixnaw Castle, Tralee, becoming ...

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King, Lady Isabella Lettice (1772–1845), philanthropist, was born in September 1772 at the family's town house, 15–16 Henrietta Street, Dublin, the third daughter and sixth of the seven children of Edward King, first earl of Kingston (1726–1797), before his elevation to the peerage MP for ...

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Martin, Mary Letitia (1815–1850), philanthropist, was born on 28 August 1815 at Ballinahinch Castle, co. Galway, the only child of Thomas Barnewall Martin (1786–1847), MP for the county, and his wife, Julia Kirwan. Richard Martin (1754–1834), the well-known philanthropist and founder of the ...

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Meredith [née Lloyd], Susanna (1823–1901), philanthropist, was born in southern Ireland, the eldest of four daughters of the governor of Cork county gaol. Her early life is obscure. Her physician husband died of cholera a few years after they married, leaving her a childless widow; she never remarried. At about this time she was teaching local poor women to earn a living by crocheting lace. In 1860 her father died and she went with her mother and sister, ...

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Smyly [née Franks], Ellen (1815–1901), philanthropist, was probably born in Dublin, the third daughter of Matthew Franks of Merrion Square, Dublin, and Jerpoint Hill, Thomastown, co. Kilkenny. Little is known of her early life. In 1834 she married Josiah Smyly (1804–1864), a surgeon at the ...

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Wright, Lucy Olivia (1845–1896), philanthropist, was born on 3 November 1845 at Foulksrath Castle, co. Kilkenny, Ireland, the eighth of the nine children of Thomas Wright (d. 1854), agent to Lord Carrick, and his wife, formerly a Miss Ball (d. 1869)...