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Campbell, John Lorne, of Canna (1906–1996), scholar of Scottish Gaelic folklore, was born in Edinburgh on 1 October 1906, the eldest son of Colonel Duncan Campbell, laird of Inverneill, Argyll, and his wife, Ethel, née Harriet, from New Jersey, USA. He was educated at ...

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See Duffy, George Gavan [Seoirse Ui Gabháin]

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Haliday [O'Hara], William [pseud. Edmond O'Connell] (1788–1812), grammarian of Irish, was born in Dublin, the son of William Haliday, or Halliday, an apothecary; he was the elder brother of Charles Haliday. He was trained as a solicitor, and learned Irish from three Munstermen who lived in ...

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Macdonald, Alexander (1755–1837), Roman Catholic priest and Scottish Gaelic scholar, was born in the west highlands of Scotland. Aged eleven he was received into the Roman Catholic seminary of Bourblach, in North Morar, by Bishop Hugh Macdonald. Alexander Macdonald was later sent to the ...

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MacEachainn, Eoghan [Evan Maceachen] (1769–1849), Roman Catholic priest and Gaelic scholar, was born at Arisaig, Inverness-shire, and educated in a school at Ruthven, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire. He was sent in 1788 to the Scots College at Valladolid, where he was ordained priest in 1798. On his return to the mission he was stationed at ...

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MacNeill, Eoin [John] (1867–1945), Irish nationalist and Celtic scholar, was born at Glenarm, co. Antrim, on 15 May 1867, the fourth son and sixth of nine children of Archibald MacNeill (1822–1889), baker, sailor, and merchant, and his wife, Rosetta Macauley (1847/8–1918). James McNeill...

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Eoin MacNeill (1867–1945) by unknown photographer, c. 1910 Getty Images

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Moore, Sir Norman, first baronet (1847–1922), physician and Irish scholar, was born at Higher Broughton, Manchester, on 8 January 1847, the only child of Robert Ross Rowan Moore (1811–1864), barrister and political economist, of Kilmainham, Dublin, and his wife, Rebecca (1819–1905), daughter of ...

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Tomás Seamus Ó Fiaich (1923–1990) by unknown photographer by courtesy of the Armagh Archdiocesan Archive

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Ó Fiaich, Tomás Seamus (1923–1990), scholar and cardinal, was born on 3 November 1923 at Annamore, Cullyhanna, parish of Lower Creggan, co. Armagh, the second of two sons of Patrick Fee (1882–1964), schoolteacher, and his wife, Annie (1891–1932), also a schoolteacher, daughter of ...

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O'Brien, Paul (1762/3–1820), Irish-language scholar and teacher, was born in the district of Breakey in co. Meath, near its border with co. Cavan; the names of his father and mother have not been preserved. In the late eighteenth century this district was a stronghold of Irish language and culture, with a number of poets—...

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O'Connell, Peter [Peadar Ó Conaill] (1754/5–1826), Irish scholar and lexicographer, was born at Carne, now Money Point, about 5 miles east of Kilrush in co. Clare, in an Irish-speaking district. Nothing is known of his parents (he had a brother, Patrick) or his early education. A 'tall, gaunt, swarthy man, large-limbed and black-haired, dark-eyed, and strongly built' (...

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O'Curry, Eugene [Eoghan Ó Comhraidhe, Eoghan Ó Comhraí] (1794–1862), Irish scholar, was born on 20 November 1794 at Dunaha, near Carrigaholt, co. Clare, Ireland, the third son of Eoghan Ó Comhraí (Eugene O'Curry), a farmer, and his wife, Cáit Uí Chomhraidhe (Catherine O'Curry), Ní Mhadagáin (Madigan)...

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O'Donovan, John [Seán Ó Donnabháin] (1806–1861), Gaelic Irish scholar, the third son and seventh child (of nine) of Edmond Donovan and Eleanor Hoberlin, was born in Atateemore townland, Kilcolumb parish, south co. Kilkenny, on 25 July 1806. He was descended from one Edmond O'Donovan...

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Pollard [née Gladstone], Margaret Steuart (1904–1996), Cornish poet, was born at 2 Whitehall Court, London, on 1 March 1904, daughter of John Steuart Gladstone (1862–1920), an East India merchant, and his wife, Anne Fitzgibbon, and granddaughter of W. E. Gladstone's niece Mary Ellen...

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Wiliems [Williams], Thomas (b. 1545/6?, d. in or before 1623?), Welsh lexicographer, was the son of Wiliam ap Tomos ap Gronwy, and Catherine, the illegitimate daughter of Meredydd ab Ifan, founder of the Wynn family of Gwydir and great-grandfather of its historian, Sir John Wynn...