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Hamilton, William (1755–1797), naturalist and political activist, was born at Londonderry on 16 December 1755, the son of John Hamilton (1725–1780), merchant and sea captain, and Elizabeth, daughter of Archibald Hope. He received his early education under the Revd John Torrens of the ...

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Joseph Barclay Pentland (1797–1873) by Pierre Jean David D'Angers, 1832 [cast by Ecket Durand] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pentland, Joseph Barclay (1797–1873), naturalist and traveller, was born in Ballybofey, co. Donegal, Ireland, on 17 January 1797. Nothing is known of his early life save that he was educated at the Royal School, Armagh, and at the University of Paris. He became associated with ...

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Piers, Sir Henry, first baronet (1628–1691), chorographer and natural historian, was the son of Sir William Piers and his wife, Martha, daughter of Sir James Ware (d. 1632) and sister of Sir James Ware (1594–1666). His grandfather Sir Henry Piers (d....

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Richardson, William (1740–1820), political activist and naturalist, was born probably at Castleroe, near Coleraine, co. Londonderry, the only son of Charles Richardson (d. 1743) and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Hercules Heyland of Coleraine. His father's family had, since 1729, been established on the nearby ...

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Templeton, John (1766–1825), naturalist, was born at Bridge Street, Belfast, co. Antrim, Ireland, the son of James Templeton (d. 1790), a wholesale merchant, and Mary Eleanor, daughter of Benjamin Legg of Malone. He was a 'delicate' boy:

my experience was … for many years very precarious during some of the infantile diseases. I have heard that the lamp of life was so nearly extinguished that final hope was exhausted, and I was left until a coffin should be prepared....

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Wright, Edward Perceval (1834–1910), naturalist, was born on 27 December 1834 at Dublin, the eldest son of Edward Wright, barrister, of Floraville, Donnybrook, and his wife, Charlotte, daughter of Joseph Wright of Beech Hill, Donnybrook. Charles Henry Hamilton Wright was his younger brother. ...