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McCracken, Henry Joy (1767–1798), businessman and Irish nationalist, was born at 39 High Street, Belfast, on 31 August 1767, the fifth child of Captain John McCracken (1721–1803), shipowner and textile manufacturer, and his wife, Ann Joy (1730–1814). Both the Joy and McCracken families were Presbyterian, industrious, and prominent; his mother was a great-granddaughter of ...

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McGrath, Joseph Laurence (1888–1966), Irish republican and entrepreneur, was born, probably in Dublin, on 21 August 1888, the youngest of five children (three sons and two daughters) of George McGrath, labourer, and his wife, Bridget, née Bolger. Having left school at fourteen, he qualified as an accountant in his twenties. Aged nineteen he joined ...

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Muirhead, Roland Eugene (1868–1964), Scottish nationalist and businessman, was born on 24 July 1868 at Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland, the second son of Andrew Muirhead (d. 1885), the owner of the Gryffe tannery, and his wife, Isabella Reid. He was educated in Glasgow high school...

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Simms, Robert (bap. 1761, d. 1843), businessman and Irish nationalist, was baptized in Belfast on 20 March 1761, the fifth child in the family of five sons and two daughters of Robert Simms, merchant and tanner, and his wife, Elizabeth Stevenson of Belfast...

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Simms, William (bap. 1763, d. 1843), businessman and Irish nationalist, was baptized in Belfast on 6 June 1763, the sixth child in the family of five sons and two daughters of Robert Simms, merchant and tanner, and his wife Elizabeth Stevenson of Belfast...