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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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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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Carew, George, earl of Totnes (1555–1629), soldier and administrator, was born on 29 May 1555, the second son of George Carew (1497/8–1583), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Anne (d. 1605), daughter of Sir Nicholas Harvey and his second wife, Bridget...

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Shaw, Sir Eyre Massey (1828–1908), fire officer, was born on 17 January 1828 (though in later life he allowed the date to be given as 1830), probably at Glenmore Cottage, Ballymore, Cobh, co. Cork, the third son of Bernard Robert Shaw (b...

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Southwell, Sir Robert (1635–1702), diplomat and government official, was born near Kinsale in co. Cork on 31 December 1635, the second but only surviving son and heir of Robert Southwell (bap. 1608, d. 1677) and Helena (1613–1679), daughter of Major Robert Gore, of ...