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Sir Robert Anderson (1841–1918) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author, was born on 29 May 1841 in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the son of Matthew Anderson (1804–1888), crown solicitor, Dublin, and his wife, Mary. He himself described his more distant forebears as 'among the Scotch colonists who made ...

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Andrews, Sir James, baronet (1877–1951), lord chief justice of Northern Ireland, was born in Comber, co. Down, on 3 January 1877, the third son of Thomas Andrews, flax spinner, of Ardara, Comber, and his wife, Eliza, daughter of James Alexander Pirrie and sister of ...

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Annesley, Richard, sixth earl of Anglesey (bap. 1693, d. 1761), kidnapper and bigamist, was baptized on 26 November 1693 at St Peter's Cathedral, Exeter, Devon, the third son of Dr Richard Annesley (1654/5–1701), dean of Exeter, from c.1700 third Baron Altham, and his wife, ...

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Edward Dowden

revised by Catherine Pease-Watkin

Anster, John (1793–1867), jurist and poet, was born in Charleville, co. Cork, the son of John Anster. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1810, and obtained a scholarship in 1814. In Easter term 1824 Anster was called to the Irish bar; in the following year he took the degree of doctor of laws. In 1832 he married ...

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Aylmer, Sir Gerald (d. 1559), judge, was the younger son of Bartholomew Aylmer of Lyons, co. Kildare, and Margaret Cheevers. There is no record of his legal education, though it is likely that he attended the inns of court since most of his contemporaries on the bench had formal legal training. At an unknown date he married ...

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John Thomas Ball (1815–1898) by unknown engraver, pubd 1875 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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C. L. Falkiner

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Ball, John Thomas (1815–1898), judge, born in Dublin on 24 July 1815, was the eldest son of Major Benjamin Marcus Ball (1789–1841) and Elizabeth (1789–1838), daughter of Cuthbert Feltus of Hollybrook, co. Carlow. His father was an officer who served with distinction in the ...

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George Barrington (1755–1804) by Sir William Beechey, c. 1785 by permission of the National Library of Australia T275

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Barrington [formerly Waldron], George (1755–1804), actor, pickpocket, and transported convict, was born in Maynooth, co. Kildare, Ireland. Some claim that his birth date was 14 May 1755 and that his father was Henry Waldron, a silversmith, and his mother a Miss Naish (Naith)...

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Barrington, Sir Jonah (1756/7–1834), judge and author, was born of impoverished protestant gentry stock, the third son of the thirteen children of John Barrington, of Knapton, near Abbeyleix, Queen's county (co. Laois), Ireland, and his wife, Sibella French, of Peterswell, co. Galway. Barrington...

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Barry, James, first Baron Barry of Santry (1603–1673), judge, was the eldest son of Richard Barry (d. in or after 1648), a merchant of Dublin, later mayor of Dublin and politician, and Anne (d. 1667), daughter of James Cusack, of Rathgar, Dublin...

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James Barry, fourth earl of Barrymore (1667–1748) attrib. John Riley private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Barry, James, fourth earl of Barrymore (1667–1748), politician and Jacobite conspirator, was the younger son of Richard Barry, second earl of Barrymore (bap. 1630, d. 1694), and his third wife, Dorothy Ferrar of Dromore, co. Down. He was also heir to one of the oldest baronies in ...

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D. J. O'Donoghue

revised by Sinéad Agnew

Bewley, Sir Edmund Thomas (1837–1908), lawyer and genealogist, was born in Dublin on 11 January 1837, the son of Edward Bewley (1806–1876), licentiate of the Irish colleges both of surgeons and of physicians, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Mulock (1791–1857) of ...

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G. B. Smith

revised by Daire Hogan

Blackburne, Francis (1782?–1867), judge, was born at Great Footstown, co. Meath, almost certainly on 11 November 1782, though one source gives his year of birth as 1780. He was the fourth son of Richard Blackburne of Footstown, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of ...

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J. T. Gilbert

revised by Sean Kelsey

Bolton, Sir Richard (d. 1648), lawyer and politician, was the son of John Bolton of Fenton, Staffordshire. Having attended the Inner Temple in London, he practised for a time as a barrister in England. It is possible that he married his first wife, ...

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Sidney Lee

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Booth, Sir Robert (bap. 1626, d. 1681), judge, was baptized on 2 July 1626 at the collegiate church, Manchester, Lancashire, the son of Robert Booth (d. in or before 1637) of Salford in the same county, and Ann (d. 1696), daughter of ...

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Bradstreet, Sir Samuel, third baronet (c. 1735–1791), judge, was the younger son of Sir Simon Bradstreet (1693–1762), an Irish barrister who was created an Irish baronet on 14 July 1759, and his wife, Ellen (d. 1779), the third daughter of his paternal uncle. He attended the ...