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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

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Boyle, Michael (1609/10–1702), lord chancellor of Ireland and Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh, was the eldest son of Richard Boyle (c. 1574–1645), archbishop of Tuam between 1638 and 1645, and his wife, Martha, daughter of Richard or John Wright of Catherine Hill...

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Arthur H. Grant

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Brady, Sir Maziere, first baronet (1796–1871), judge, was born in Dublin on 20 July 1796, the second son of Francis Tempest Brady (1763–1821), manufacturer of gold and silver thread, and his wife, Charlotte, née Hodgson. In 1812 Brady entered Trinity College, Dublin; in 1814 he obtained a scholarship and twice won the vice-chancellor's prize for English verse. He obtained his BA in 1816, his MA in 1819, and was called to the ...

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Braybrooke [Braybroke], Robert (1336/7–1404), bishop of London, was born at Colmworth, Bedfordshire, a younger son of Sir Gerard Braybrooke of Colmworth and his wife, Isabella, probably a daughter of Sir Reginald Hampden of Great Hampden, Buckinghamshire. His father was MP for the county no fewer than sixteen times, and the family's landed pedigree can be traced from at least the mid-twelfth century. The bishop was recognized as kin by ...

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G. C. Boase

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Brewster, Abraham (1796–1874), judge, was born in April 1796, the son of William Bagenal Brewster of Ballinulta, co. Wicklow, and his wife, Mary, née Bates. He went to school at Kilkenny College and entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1812; he obtained his BA in 1817 and his MA in 1847. He was called to the ...

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Brodrick, Alan, first Viscount Midleton (1655/6–1728), politician and lord chancellor of Ireland, was the second son of St John Brodrick (d. 1712) of Ballyannan, near Midleton, co. Cork, and his wife, Alice, daughter of Laurence Clayton of Mallow in the same county. The ...

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Campbell, James Henry Mussen, first Baron Glenavy (1851–1931), lawyer and politician, was born at Terenure, Dublin, on 4 April 1851, the youngest son of William Mussen Campbell, a Dublin policeman, and his wife, Delia, daughter of Henry Francis Graham Poole, of Newtown Abbey, co. Kildare...

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John Campbell, first Baron Campbell of St Andrews (1779–1861) by Thomas Woolnoth, c. 1851 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell, John, first Baron Campbell of St Andrews (1779–1861), lord chancellor, was born on 15 September 1779 next to the Bell Inn in Cupar, Fife, where his father, George (1747–1824), was a minister of the Church of Scotland for fifty-one years. His mother, ...

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Charlton [Cherleton], Thomas (c. 1292–1344), bishop of Hereford, was the son of Robert Charlton (d. 1300) of Charlton in the parish of Wrockwardine, Shropshire, and the brother of John Charlton, lord of Powys (d. 1353), and Alan Charlton of Apley, Shropshire...

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Colton, John (d. 1404), archbishop of Armagh and justiciar of Ireland, was born at Terrington, Norfolk. Chaplain by 1343 to William Bateman, bishop of Norwich, Colton became doctor of canon law at Cambridge c.1348. In June 1349 he was made first warden of ...