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Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author, was born on 29 May 1841 in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the son of Matthew Anderson (1804–1888), crown solicitor, Dublin, and his wife, Mary. He himself described his more distant forebears as 'among the Scotch colonists who made ...

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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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Barry, James, fourth earl of Barrymore (1667–1748), politician and Jacobite conspirator, was the younger son of Richard Barry, second earl of Barrymore (bap. 1630, d. 1694), and his third wife, Dorothy Ferrar of Dromore, co. Down. He was also heir to one of the oldest baronies in ...

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Beresford, John (1738–1805), politician, was born in Dublin on 14 March 1738, the fifth but second surviving son of Marcus Beresford, first earl of Tyrone (1694–1763), politician, and Lady Katherine Power (1701–1769), daughter and heir of James Power, third earl of Tyrone and, after 1767, ...

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Blaquiere, John, first Baron de Blaquiere (1732–1812), politician, was born on 15 May 1732, the fifth son of Jean de Blaquiere (1675/6–1753), an émigré Huguenot merchant of Greenwich, Kent, and Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Pierre de Varennes, a Huguenot bookseller of the Strand, Westminster...

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Blythe, Ernest [Earnán de Blaghd] (1889–1975), politician and theatre director, was born on 13 April 1889 in Magheragall, Lisburn, co. Antrim, the eldest child of James and Agnes Blythe. He came from a Church of Ireland and staunchly Orange background and was a most unlikely convert to Irish nationalism. Educated at the local ...

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Borlase, Sir John (c. 1576–1648), army officer and politician, was born in Cornwall, the eldest son of Edward Borlase of London, mercer, and Suzannah Isham. He matriculated as a pensioner from King's College, Cambridge, about 1591 but did not graduate, being admitted to the ...

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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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Boyle, Henry, first earl of Shannon (1681x7–1764), speaker of the Irish House of Commons, was born in Castlemartyr, co. Cork, Ireland, the second son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Boyle (c.1650–1693) of Castlemartyr and Mary O'Brien, daughter of Murrough O'Brien, first earl of Inchiquin...

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Boyle, Roger, first earl of Orrery (1621–1679), politician and writer, was the twelfth child and third son to survive of Richard Boyle, first earl of Cork (1566–1643), and his second wife, Catherine Fenton (c.1588–1630). He was born at the family's principal seat of ...

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Browne, Arthur (1756?–1805), lawyer and politician, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, son of the Revd Marmaduke Browne (1731–1771) and his wife, Anne Franklin (d. 1767). Marmaduke Browne had been educated at Trinity College, Dublin; commissioned by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG)...

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Brownrigg, Sir Robert, first baronet (1759–1833), army officer and colonial governor, was born at Rockingham, co. Wicklow, Ireland, the second of the four sons of Henry Brownrigg (d. 1793) and his wife, Mary Alcock (d. 1819). Gazetted as ensign in 1775, his progress in the army was at first slow, his family lacking both wealth and influence. However, on 8 April 1789 ...

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T. F. Henderson

revised by David Lammey

Burgh, Walter Hussey (1742–1783), politician and orator, was the son of Ignatius Hussey, barrister, of Donore, co. Kildare, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Burgh of Oldtown in the same county. He was born in co. Kildare on 23 August 1742. After attending the school of a ...

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Burrowes, Peter (1753–1841), barrister and politician, was born at Portarlington, Queen's county, in 1753. There are no clear details as to his parentage and close family relatives, but in a letter of 9 May 1822 Lawrence Parsons, second earl of Rosse, informed John Freeman-Mitford, ...

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Butler, James, first duke of Ormond (1610–1688), lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born at Clerkenwell, Middlesex, on 19 October 1610.

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Butt, Isaac (1813–1879), politician and lawyer, was the only son of the Revd Robert Butt (d. 1829), rector of Stranorlar, co. Donegal, and his wife, Berkeley, a daughter of the Revd R. Cox of Dovish, co. Donegal, through whom he also claimed descent from ...

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Cairns, Hugh McCalmont, first Earl Cairns (1819–1885), lord chancellor, was born on 27 December 1819, the second son of William Cairns (b. 1789), sometime captain in the 47th foot, later of Parkmount, co. Antrim, and his first wife, Rosanna (d. 1822)...

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Carew, George, earl of Totnes (1555–1629), soldier and administrator, was born on 29 May 1555, the second son of George Carew (1497/8–1583), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Anne (d. 1605), daughter of Sir Nicholas Harvey and his second wife, Bridget...

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Carson, Edward Henry, Baron Carson (1854–1935), politician and lawyer, was born in Harcourt Street, Dublin, on 9 February 1854, the second son of Edward Henry Carson, architect and civil engineer, and Isabella Lambert of Castle Ellen, Athenry, co. Galway. His family was typical of the Irish protestant, or ‘Anglo-Irish’ people, with its mixture of professional and landed backgrounds....

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Casement, Roger David (1864–1916), diplomatist and Irish rebel, was born on 1 September 1864 at Doyle's Cottage, Lawson Terrace, Sandymount, near Dublin, the youngest son of Captain Roger Casement (1819–1877) of the 3rd dragoon guards. His father was of Ulster protestant stock and his mother, ...