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J. T. Gilbert

revised by Philip Carter

Gilbert, Claudius, the younger (1670–1742), benefactor, was born in Belfast, the only son and heir of Claudius Gilbert the elder, minister at Limerick and Belfast. He received his early education in Belfast and entered Trinity College, Dublin, on 23 March 1686. He became a fellow of the college in 1693, and received the degrees of doctor of laws and doctor of divinity in 1706. ...

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Madden, Samuel Molyneux [called Premium Madden] (1686–1765), writer and benefactor, was born on 23 December 1686 in Dublin, the eldest of the five sons and one daughter of John Madden (bap. 1649, d. 1703/4), one of the original members of the Irish ...

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Magee [née Stewart], Martha Maria (d. 1846), benefactor, was born, of parents named Stewart, at Lurgan, co. Armagh, where her family had been long settled. She married in 1780 William Magee, who on 12 September of that year had been ordained Presbyterian minister of ...

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Pleasants, Thomas (1728–1818), benefactor, was born in co. Carlow, the eldest son of William Pleasants and Grace Edwards. Little is known of Pleasants's early life as he did not rise to prominence until his wife of twenty-seven years, Mildred Daunt, died on 1 February 1814 and bequeathed the 86-year-old ...

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Stearne [Sterne], John (1660–1745), Church of Ireland bishop of Clogher and benefactor, was born in Dublin, the only son of John Stearne (1624–1669), physician, and his wife, Dorothy, daughter of Charles Ryves. He was educated at Mr Ryder's school in Dublin and entered ...

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C. L. Falkiner

revised by Patrick Wallis

Steevens, Richard (1653–1710), physician and benefactor, and Grizell Steevens (1653–1747), his sister, born in Wiltshire, were the twin children of John Steevens (d. 1682), an English royalist clergyman, and his wife, Constance. The family left Wiltshire for Ireland some time after 1654, and ...

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D. J. O'Donoghue

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Whitelaw, James (1749–1813), benefactor and writer, was born in co. Leitrim and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, which he entered in July 1766, becoming a scholar in 1769 and graduating BA in 1771. He studied for the church, and after his ordination became tutor to the ...