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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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G. W. Prothero

revised by Roger T. Stearn

Butcher, Samuel Henry (1850–1910), classical scholar, was born in Dublin on 16 April 1850. His father, Samuel Butcher (1811–1876), was then professor of ecclesiastical history at Trinity College. His mother was Mary, née Leahy, from a Kerry family. His early years were spent in ...

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Vere, Sir Stephen Edward De, fourth baronet (1812–1904), philanthropist and classical scholar, was the son of Sir Aubrey De Vere, second baronet (1788–1846), and his wife, Mary Rice (d. 1856); his younger brother was Aubrey Thomas de Vere. He was born at ...

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R. W. Livingstone

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Dill, Sir Samuel (1844–1924), classical scholar and educationist, was born on 26 March 1844 at Hillsborough, co. Down, the eldest son of the Revd Samuel Marcus Dill (d. 1870), DD, Presbyterian minister of Hillsborough, later professor of systematic theology and first president of ...

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Grierson [née Crawley], Constantia (1704/5–1732), classical scholar and editor, was born in co. Kilkenny of 'poor illiterate country people' (Pilkington, 1.17) and was tutored in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English, and French by her local vicar. She was also knowledgeable in mathematics, and her mother insisted that she became efficient in needlework. According to ...

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MacMahon, John Henry (1829–1900), Church of Ireland clergyman and classical scholar, was born at Dublin, the son of John MacMahon, a barrister. He was educated at Enniskillen, and on 1 July 1846 entered Trinity College, Dublin. He graduated BA in 1852, being senior moderator and gold medallist in ethics and logic, and proceeded MA in 1856. He took holy orders in 1853, and was curate of ...

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Mahaffy, Sir John Pentland (1839–1919), college head and classical scholar, was born at Chapponnaire, near Vevey, Switzerland, on 26 February 1839, the seventh and youngest child of the Revd Nathaniel B. Mahaffy, a small landowner in co. Donegal, and his wife, Elizabeth Pentland...

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Sir John Pentland Mahaffy (1839–1919) by Fradelle & Young © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Olive Purser

revised by Richard Smail

Purser, Louis Claude (1854–1932), classical scholar, was born at Dungarvan, co. Waterford, on 28 September 1854, the youngest son of Benjamin Purser, grain merchant, of Dungarvan, and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Mallet, iron, brass, and copper founder, of Dublin (but originally from ...

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R. S. Conway

revised by A. M. Snodgrass

Ridgeway, Sir William (1858–1926), classical scholar, was born on 6 August 1858, the youngest son of the Revd John Henry Ridgeway of Ballydermot, King's county, and Marianna, only daughter of Samuel Ridgeway of Aghanvilla, King's county. Ridgeway's forebears were from Devon, but settled in ...

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Sir William Ridgeway (1858–1926) by Richard Jack, 1921 reproduced by kind permission of the Master and Fellows of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge / Photograph: Christopher Hurst

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L. C. Purser

revised by Richard Smail

Tyrrell, Robert Yelverton (1844–1914), classical scholar, the fifth and youngest son of the Revd Henry Tyrrell, and his wife, Elizabeth Shea, was born on 21 January 1844, at Ballingarry, co. Tipperary, of which his father was vicar. He was a first cousin of ...

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Walker, John (1769–1833), founder of the Church of God and classical scholar, was born in co. Roscommon, the son of Matthew Walker, a Church of Ireland clergyman. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, on 18 January 1786, was chosen a scholar in 1788, graduated BA in 1790, was elected a fellow in 1791, and proceeded MA in 1796, and BD in 1800....