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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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C. L. Falkiner

revised by Sinéad Agnew

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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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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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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Browne, Arthur (1756?–1805), lawyer and politician, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, son of the Revd Marmaduke Browne (1731–1771) and his wife, Anne Franklin (d. 1767). Marmaduke Browne had been educated at Trinity College, Dublin; commissioned by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG)...

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Burrowes, Peter (1753–1841), barrister and politician, was born at Portarlington, Queen's county, in 1753. There are no clear details as to his parentage and close family relatives, but in a letter of 9 May 1822 Lawrence Parsons, second earl of Rosse, informed John Freeman-Mitford, ...

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G. V. Benson

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Bushe, Charles Kendal (1767–1843), judge, born on 13 January 1767 at Kilmurry, co. Kilkenny, Ireland, was the only son of the Revd Thomas Bushe (1727–1795), of Kilmurry, rector of Mitchelstown, co. Cork, and Catherine, daughter of Charles Doyle, of Bramblestown, co. Kilkenny. Bushe...

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Butt, Isaac (1813–1879), politician and lawyer, was the only son of the Revd Robert Butt (d. 1829), rector of Stranorlar, co. Donegal, and his wife, Berkeley, a daughter of the Revd R. Cox of Dovish, co. Donegal, through whom he also claimed descent from ...

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Carson, Edward Henry, Baron Carson (1854–1935), politician and lawyer, was born in Harcourt Street, Dublin, on 9 February 1854, the second son of Edward Henry Carson, architect and civil engineer, and Isabella Lambert of Castle Ellen, Athenry, co. Galway. His family was typical of the Irish protestant, or ‘Anglo-Irish’ people, with its mixture of professional and landed backgrounds....

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Curran, John Philpot (1750–1817), politician and lawyer, was born on 24 July 1750 at Newmarket, co. Cork, the first of five children of James Curran and Sarah Philpot (c.1727–1807). Though it was claimed by an early biographer that he rose to eminence '...

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Downes, William, first Baron Downes (1751–1826), judge, was born at Donnybrook, co. Dublin, the third and youngest son of the six children of Robert (Robin) Downes (1708–1754) of Donnybrook (MP for Kildare, 1735–54), and of Elizabeth (Lily), daughter of Thomas Twigg, also of ...

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Duigenan, Patrick (1734/5–1816), lawyer and politician, was born in co. Londonderry, the son of Hugh Duigenan, of Dublin, 'gentleman', and his wife, who was probably Priscilla Lake (1713/14–1792). It was rumoured that he had been born a Catholic and had in his youth conformed to the ...

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S. V. FitzGerald

revised by Roger T. Stearn

Edge, Sir John (1841–1926), judge in India, was born on 28 July 1841 at Clonbrock, Queen's county, Ireland, the only child of Benjamin Booker Edge JP (1810–1887), of Clonbrock, and his wife, Esther Anne (d. 1879), only child of Thomas Allen, of the ...

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Egan, John (1754/5–1810), judge and duellist, was probably born in Charleville, co. Cork, the second son of the Revd Dr Carbery Egan (d. in or before 1776), professor of theology. He matriculated, as a sizar, at Trinity College, Dublin, on 23 May 1769, at the age of fourteen. He graduated BA in 1773 and LLB in 1776, and subsequently received the degree of LLD ...

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Emmet, Thomas Addis (1764–1827), barrister and Irish nationalist, was born on 24 April 1764 in Cork, the second of the four children of Dr Robert Emmet (1729–1802), state physician, and his wife, Elizabeth Mason (1740–1803). His younger brother was Robert Emmet (1778–1803), fellow United Irishman. The family moved to ...

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David Fitzgerald

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Fitzgibbon, Gerald (1837–1909), judge and prominent freemason, was born in Dublin on 28 August 1837, the eldest of the two sons and one daughter of Gerald Fitzgibbon (1793–1882), master in chancery and leading member of the Irish bar, and his wife, Ellen, née...

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Fitzpatrick, Sir Jeremiah (c. 1740–1810), physician and campaigner for prison reform, was born in Kilbeggan, co. Westmeath. His background and early years are shrouded in obscurity, but circumstantial evidence points to the conclusion that his parents, of whom nothing is known, were Catholic and that they were comfortably off. He received a medical education abroad and though his graduating institution has not been identified ...

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Gibson, Edward, first Baron Ashbourne (1837–1913), lawyer and politician, was born in Dublin on 4 September 1837, the second son of William Gibson (d. 1872) of Rockforest, co. Tipperary, and his first wife, Louisa (d. 1853), daughter of Joseph Grant, barrister, of ...

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MacNeill, John Gordon Swift (1849–1926), politician and jurist, was born in Dublin on 11 March 1849, the only son of the evangelical clergyman the Revd John Gordon Swift MacNeill, curate of St James's Church, Dublin, and his wife, Susan Colpoys, daughter of the ...

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Mervyn [Mervin], Sir Audley (1603?–1675), lawyer and politician, was the second son of Sir Henry Mervyn (bap. 1583, d. 1646), naval officer, and his wife, Christian Touchet, daughter of George Audley, first earl of Castlehaven. He matriculated from Christ Church, Oxford, on 10 June 1618. His grandfather ...