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Ewart, Sir William, first baronet (1817–1889), linen manufacturer, politician, and philanthropist, was born on 11 November 1817 in Sydenham, on the outskirts of Belfast, the eldest son of William Ewart (1789–1873) and Mary Anne, née Rosen. He was educated at the Belfast Royal Academy...

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French, Robert (1716–1779), landowner and politician, was the eldest son of Patrick French (d. 1744), barrister, and Jane Digby, the daughter of Simon Digby, successively bishop of Limerick and Elphin. The Frenches, of Anglo-Norman origins, had settled originally in the port of ...

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Gardiner, Luke, first Viscount Mountjoy (1745–1798), politician and property developer, was born on 7 February 1745, the eldest son of Charles Gardiner (c.1712–1769), landowner and MP, and Florinda Norman (b. 1722). As the scion of a family that had become extremely wealthy as a consequence of shrewd land purchases and urban development on ...

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Sullivan, John (1749–1839), East India Company servant and politician, was born on 7 April 1749 in Cork, co. Cork, the second of three sons of Benjamin Sullivan (1720–1767), clerk of the crown for the counties of Cork and Waterford, and Bridget (d...