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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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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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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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T. W. Moody

revised by Robin Frame

Curtis, Edmund (1881–1943), historian, was born on 25 March 1881 in Bury, Lancashire, the fifth of the six children of Francis Curtis, an architectural draughtsman (d. 1918), of Rathmullen, co. Donegal, and his wife, Elizabeth Elliott of Belfast. At fifteen he was working in a rubber factory at ...

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Dillon, John Talbot (1734–1806), traveller and historian, was the elder son of Francis Dillon (d. 1767), whose father was William Dillon of Proudstown, Ireland, and Mary, daughter of Sir Mervyn Wingfield, sixth and last baronet, of Letheringham in Suffolk (the Wingfield baronetcy, granted by ...

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C. L. Kingsford

revised by Philip Carter

Gordon, James Bentley (1750–1819), historian, was the son of the Revd James Gordon of Neeve Hall, Londonderry, and his wife, a daughter of Thomas Neeve, nephew of the scholar and critic Richard Bentley. Gordon entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1769, and graduated BA in 1773. On leaving college he took holy orders and in 1776 he became tutor to the sons of ...

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Norman Moore

revised by Colm Lennon

Graham, John (1776–1844), historian, born in co. Fermanagh, was the grandson of Lieutenant James Graham of Clones, and great-grandson of James Graham of Mullinahinch, who was a cornet at the defence of Enniskillen in 1689. The family was transplanted to Ulster from Cumberland...

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Green [née Stopford], Alice Sophia Amelia [known as Alice Stopford Green] (1847–1929), historian and Irish nationalist, was born on 31 May 1847 at Kells, co. Meath, the seventh of the nine children of the Revd Edward Adderley Stopford (1810?–1874), archdeacon of ...

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Hanmer, Meredith (1543–1604), Church of England and Church of Ireland clergyman and historian, was born at Porkington, Shropshire, the son of Thomas, commonly called Ginta, Hanmer and his wife. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he obtained a chaplaincy in 1567, and graduated BA in 1568, MA in 1572, BTh in 1581 (as a nobleman's chaplain), and DTh in 1582....

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Harris, Walter (1686–1761), historian, was the son of Hopton Harris of Mountmellick in Queen's county, Ireland, an army officer who served in William III's militia against James II's forces in Ireland (1690–91). Walter Harris was educated at Kilkenny School from 1701 and was admitted in 1704 to ...

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(William) Edward Hartpole Lecky (1838–1903) by Julia Margaret Cameron, c. 1868 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lecky, (William) Edward Hartpole (1838–1903), historian, was born on 26 March 1838 in Newtownpark, co. Dublin. He was the only son of John Hartpole Lecky (d. 1852) and his first wife, Mary Anne Tallents (d. 1839), who he married in 1837. The ...

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Leland, Thomas (1722–1785), historian and Church of Ireland clergyman, was born in Dublin, and after education at Thomas Sheridan's school there he entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a pensioner in 1737. He graduated BA (1742) and MA (1745), and was elected a fellow in 1746. In 1754, with his childhood friend ...

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(Philip) Nicholas Seton Mansergh (1910–1991) by Elliott & Fry, 1950 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mansergh, (Philip) Nicholas Seton (1910–1991), historian, was born into a middle-ranking Anglo-Irish gentry family on 27 June 1910 at Grenane House, Tipperary, Ireland. He was the second son of Philip St George Mansergh (1863–1928), railway engineer, and his cousin Ethel Marguerite Otway Louise Mansergh (1876–1963)...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by Philip Carter

McCormick, Charles (c. 1755–1807), historian and biographer, was born in Ireland, the son of Charles McCormick of Rathkeal, near Limerick. He was educated at the Middle Temple, London, and on 18 July 1783 matriculated at St Mary Hall, Oxford, graduating BCL on 18 June 1794. Thereafter he abandoned law for literature. His principal published works are ...

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Montgomery, William (1633–1707), historian, first son of Sir James Montgomery (d. 1652) of Rosemount, co. Down, and Katherine, daughter of Sir William Stewart, was born on 27 October 1633 at Aughaintain, co. Tyrone. Raised by his maternal grandparents in Tyrone he was hurriedly sent to ...

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Robert Dunlop

revised by Sinéad Agnew

Morris, William O'Connor (1824–1904), judge and historian, was born in Kilkenny city, Ireland, on 26 November 1824, the son of Benjamin Morris (d. 1846), sometime rector of Rincurran in the diocese of Cork and Cloyne, and Elizabeth, youngest daughter and coheir of ...

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Standish James O'Grady (1846–1928) by John Butler Yeats, 1904 National Gallery of Ireland

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O'Grady, Standish James (1846–1928), journalist and historian, was born at Castletown, Berehaven, co. Cork, on 13 September 1846, the son of Thomas O'Grady, a Church of Ireland clergyman and small landowner, and Susanna Doe, who inherited property in her own right. He was one of a family of eleven children, and he was brought up in an atmosphere of evangelical piety and classical culture. He was educated at ...