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James Butler, first duke of Ormond (1610–1688) by Sir Peter Lely, 1678 Kedleston Hall, The Scarsdale Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Butler, James, first duke of Ormond (1610–1688), lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born at Clerkenwell, Middlesex, on 19 October 1610.

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Thomas Butler, tenth earl of Ormond and third earl of Ossory (1531–1614) attrib. Steven van der Meulen photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Butler, Thomas, tenth earl of Ormond and third earl of Ossory (1531–1614), nobleman, was born about February 1531, the eldest of seven sons and heir of James Butler, ninth earl of Ormond and second earl of Ossory (b. in or after 1496, d. 1546)...

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Margaret Anne Cusack (1829–1899) by unknown photographer, pubd 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cusack, Margaret Anne [name in religion Mary Francis Clare; called the Nun of Kenmare] (1829–1899), founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace and writer, was born on 6 May 1829 in York Street, Dublin, the elder of two children of ...

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Eva Sydney Hone (1894–1955) by Hilda van Stockum © reserved; by courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Hone, Eva Sydney [Evie] (1894–1955), artist and craftswoman, the youngest daughter of Eva Eleanor, née Robinson (d. 1894), and Joseph Hone (1850–1908), maltster and banker, was born on 22 April 1894 in Roebuck Grove, co. Dublin. Her family had been merchants, painters and manufacturers in ...

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Kerr, Cecil Chetwynd [née Lady Cecil Chetwynd Chetwynd-Talbot], marchioness of Lothian (1808–1877), Roman Catholic convert, was born on 17 April 1808 at Ingestre Hall, Staffordshire, the daughter of Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, second Earl Talbot of Hensol (1777–1849), and his wife, Frances Thomasine (1782–1819)...

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Lola Montez (1821–1861) by Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes, c. 1850 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of I. N. Phelps Stokes, Edward S. Hawes, Alice Mary Hawes, and Marion Augusta Hawes, 1937. (37.14.41) All rights reserved, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Montez, Lola [real name Elizabeth Rosanna Gilbert] (1821–1861), adventuress, was born on 17 February 1821 at Grange, co. Sligo, Ireland, the only child of Edward Gilbert (c.1797–1823), an ensign of the 25th foot regiment, and his wife, Eliza Oliver (...

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Thomas Lewis O'Beirne (1749–1823) by Andrew Dunn, 1808 National Gallery of Ireland

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O'Beirne, Thomas Lewis (1749–1823), Church of Ireland bishop of Meath, was born a Roman Catholic in Farnagh, co. Longford, the son of Lewis O'Beirne, farmer, of Longford, and Margaret O'Meagher of Cloona, co. Tipperary. As several generations of his family had been educated abroad, and his grand-uncle, ...