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Adams, William George Stewart (1874–1966), political scientist and college head, was born on 8 November 1874 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, the second son and youngest of the four children of John Adams, headmaster of St John's Grammar School, Hamilton, with Aberdonian farming ancestors, and his wife, ...

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Archdall, Mervyn (1723–1791), antiquary, was born in Dublin on 22 April 1723, the son of William Archdall, who was descended from a co. Fermanagh ascendancy family. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1739 and, according to A. J. Webb, 'passed through the University with credit, and imbibed a taste for antiquities and literary research, and for collecting coins, medals and seals...

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Ashe, St George (1658–1718), Church of Ireland bishop of Derry and scholar, was born at Castle Strange, co. Roscommon, on 3 March 1658, the second of the three sons of Thomas Ashe, who belonged to a Wiltshire family that had settled in Ireland...

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Bagwell, Richard (1840–1918), historian, was born on 9 December 1840 in Marlfield House, Clonmel, co. Tipperary. He was the eldest son of John Bagwell, MP for Clonmel (1857–74), and his wife, Frances Eliza, née Prittie. He had one brother and four sisters. He was educated at ...

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Richard Baldwin (c. 1666–1758) by Francis Bindon, 1745 by kind permission of the Board of Trinity College Dublin

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Baldwin, Richard (c. 1666–1758), college head, is of uncertain origins. The matriculation register of Trinity College, Dublin, recorded that he entered the college on 29 April 1684, at the age of seventeen, had been born in Athy, in co. Carlow (though Athy is in ...

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Barrett, John [Jacky] (1753/4–1821), classical scholar and eccentric, was born in Ballyroan, Queen's county, the son of Daniel Barrett (d. 1760), a Church of Ireland clergyman, and his wife, Rossamund Gofton (d. 1782). Although baptized John he was universally known as ...

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Barton, Richard (1706–1759), topographer and religious writer, was born in Painstown, co. Meath, Ireland, the third son of the Revd John Barton (fl. 1675–1735), dean of Ardagh, and Elinor Jenney, daughter of the Revd Henry Jenney, archdeacon of Dromore diocese, and granddaughter of ...

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Beamish, North Ludlow (1797–1872), army officer, writer, and antiquary, was the third son of William Beamish of Beaumont House, co. Cork, and his wife, Anne Jane Margaret, daughter of Robert De-la-Cour of Short Castle, co. Cork. The family claimed descent from one of the followers of ...

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Bellings, Richard (c. 1603–1677), politician and historian, was the eldest son of Sir Henry Bellings, landowner, of Kilessin, and his wife, Maud. The Bellings were an established Old English family with extensive landholdings, estimated in the 1660s to amount to almost 5000 acres...

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Benn, John Meriton (1908–1992), educationist and civil servant, was born on 16 July 1908 at 231 Manchester Road, Burnley, Lancashire, the third of the five children of Ernest Benn (1871–1935), leather merchant, and his wife, (Emily) Louise, née Hey (1879–1957). John Benn was educated at ...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by Alan R. Acheson

Bennet, William (1746–1820), bishop of Cloyne and antiquary, was born in the Tower of London on 4 March 1746, the son of Robert Bennet. He was educated at Harrow School, where he made the acquaintance of Dr Samuel Parr, Gilbert Wakefield, and Sir John Parnell...

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George Berkeley (1685–1753) by John Smibert, 1730 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Berkeley, George (1685–1753), Church of Ireland bishop of Cloyne and philosopher, was born at or near Kilkenny on 12 March 1685. His father, William Berkeley (d. in or after 1734), who later held a military commission, was a gentleman farmer descended from a ...

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Bernard, John Henry (1860–1927), Church of Ireland archbishop of Dublin and college head, was born on 27 July 1860 at Sooree, Beerbohm, Bengal, the eldest of the three children (one brother who died in infancy and one sister) of William Frederick Bernard (1825–1863)...

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D. J. O'Donoghue

revised by Sinéad Agnew

Bewley, Sir Edmund Thomas (1837–1908), lawyer and genealogist, was born in Dublin on 11 January 1837, the son of Edward Bewley (1806–1876), licentiate of the Irish colleges both of surgeons and of physicians, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Mulock (1791–1857) of ...

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C. W. Sutton

revised by Frank Foden

Booth, James (1806–1878), mathematician and educationist, was born on 25 August 1806, the first of the three children of John and Ellen Booth of Lavagh, co. Leitrim. The Booths owned a small property and belonged to the Church of Ireland community of Annaduff parish...

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Borlase, Edmund (c. 1620–1682), historian and physician, was one of three sons of Sir John Borlase (c. 1576–1648), a Cornishman who was appointed master-general of the ordnance in Ireland in 1634 and served as joint lord justice there from 1641 to 1644, and his wife, ...

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B. C. Skottowe

revised by Nilanjana Banerji

Boyd, Henry (1748/9–1832), translator and Church of Ireland clergyman, was born in Dromore, co. Antrim, the son of Charles Boyd, a farmer. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin (BA 1776), before becoming a priest. In 1785 he published a two-volume translation of ...

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by R. W. Truman

Burke, Ulick Ralph (1845–1895), Spanish scholar, eldest son of Charles Granby Burke (b. 1814), of St Philip's, Milltown, co. Dublin, master of the court of common pleas in Ireland (1852–82), and his first wife, Emma Jane (d. 1869), daughter of Ralph Creyke...