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Ball, John Thomas (1815–1898), judge  

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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Ball, John Thomas (1815–1898)  

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

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Blackburne, Francis (1782?–1867), judge  

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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Bolton, Sir Richard (d. 1648), lawyer and politician  

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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Bowes, John, Baron Bowes of Clonlyon (1691–1767), lord chancellor of Ireland  

S. J. Connolly

Bowes, John, Baron Bowes of Clonlyon (1691–1767), lord chancellor of Ireland, was born possibly either in Surrey or in Ware, Hertfordshire. He was the second son of Thomas Bowes of Bishopsgate Street, London, a member of the Turners' Company; his mother's surname was ...

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Bowes, John, Baron Bowes of Clonlyon (1691–1767)  

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John Bowes, Baron Bowes of Clonlyon (1691–1767) by John Brooks © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boyle, Michael (1609/10–1702), lord chancellor of Ireland and Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh  

Toby Barnard

Boyle, Michael (1609/10–1702), lord chancellor of Ireland and Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh, was the eldest son of Richard Boyle (c. 1574–1645), archbishop of Tuam between 1638 and 1645, and his wife, Martha, daughter of Richard or John Wright of Catherine Hill...

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Brady, Sir Maziere, first baronet (1796–1871), judge  

Arthur H. Grant

revised by Sinéad Agnew

Brady, Sir Maziere, first baronet (1796–1871), judge, was born in Dublin on 20 July 1796, the second son of Francis Tempest Brady (1763–1821), manufacturer of gold and silver thread, and his wife, Charlotte, née Hodgson. In 1812 Brady entered Trinity College, Dublin; in 1814 he obtained a scholarship and twice won the vice-chancellor's prize for English verse. He obtained his BA in 1816, his MA in 1819, and was called to the ...

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Brewster, Abraham (1796–1874), judge  

G. C. Boase

revised by Sinéad Agnew

Brewster, Abraham (1796–1874), judge, was born in April 1796, the son of William Bagenal Brewster of Ballinulta, co. Wicklow, and his wife, Mary, née Bates. He went to school at Kilkenny College and entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1812; he obtained his BA in 1817 and his MA in 1847. He was called to the ...

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Brodrick, Alan, first Viscount Midleton (1655/6–1728), politician and lord chancellor of Ireland  

D. W. Hayton

Brodrick, Alan, first Viscount Midleton (1655/6–1728), politician and lord chancellor of Ireland, was the second son of St John Brodrick (d. 1712) of Ballyannan, near Midleton, co. Cork, and his wife, Alice, daughter of Laurence Clayton of Mallow in the same county. The ...

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Butler, Piers [called Red Piers], first earl of Ossory and eighth earl of Ormond (b. in or after 1467, d. 1539), magnate and lord deputy of Ireland  

David Finnegan

Butler, Piers [called Red Piers], first earl of Ossory and eighth earl of Ormond (b. in or after 1467, d. 1539), magnate and lord deputy of Ireland, was born after May 1467, at Pottlerath, co. Kilkenny (or possibly at Kilkenny), the third son of ...

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Cairns, Hugh McCalmont, first Earl Cairns (1819–1885), lord chancellor  

David Steele

Cairns, Hugh McCalmont, first Earl Cairns (1819–1885), lord chancellor, was born on 27 December 1819, the second son of William Cairns (b. 1789), sometime captain in the 47th foot, later of Parkmount, co. Antrim, and his first wife, Rosanna (d. 1822)...

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Cairns, Hugh McCalmont, first Earl Cairns (1819–1885)  

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Hugh McCalmont Cairns, first Earl Cairns (1819–1885) by Lowes Cato Dickinson, exh. RA 1876 by kind permission of the Board of Trinity College Dublin

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Campbell, James Henry Mussen, first Baron Glenavy (1851–1931), lawyer and politician  

Diarmid Coffey

revised by Sinéad Agnew

Campbell, James Henry Mussen, first Baron Glenavy (1851–1931), lawyer and politician, was born at Terenure, Dublin, on 4 April 1851, the youngest son of William Mussen Campbell, a Dublin policeman, and his wife, Delia, daughter of Henry Francis Graham Poole, of Newtown Abbey, co. Kildare...

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Carey, Sir George (c. 1541–1616), lord deputy of Ireland  

See Carew, George, earl of Totnes

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Childers, Erskine Hamilton (1905–1974), president of Éire (Ireland)  

John Horgan

Childers, Erskine Hamilton (1905–1974), president of Éire (Ireland), was born at 13 Embankment Gardens, London, on 11 December 1905, the eldest child and first of the two sons born to (Robert) Erskine Childers (1870–1922), author and politician, and Mary Alden Osgood (1878–1964), formerly of ...

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Cox, Sir Richard, first baronet (1650–1733), lord chancellor of Ireland and author  

S. J. Connolly

Cox, Sir Richard, first baronet (1650–1733), lord chancellor of Ireland and author, was born at Bandon, co. Cork, on 25 March 1650, the only child of Captain Richard Cox (d. 1651), an officer in the royalist army during the confederate wars, and his wife, ...

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Cox, Sir Richard, first baronet (1650–1733)  

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Sir Richard Cox, first baronet (1650–1733) by unknown artist by courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Cromer, George (d. 1543), archbishop of Armagh and lord chancellor of Ireland  

Henry A. Jefferies

Cromer, George (d. 1543), archbishop of Armagh and lord chancellor of Ireland, is of uncertain background, but it has been plausibly suggested that he was a member of 'a solidly established Kentish family' (Gwynn, 53–4). He was a scholar of ...

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Cusack, Sir Thomas (1505?–1571), lawyer and administrator  

Ciaran Brady

Cusack, Sir Thomas (1505?–1571), lawyer and administrator, was the eldest son of John Cusack, landowner, and his wife, Alison Wellesley. He was born into a long-established and wealthy pale family in Cushingstown, co. Meath. After entering the Inner Temple in 1522, he was by 1530 a senior member of the inn....