Mayo People F-M
Important Mayo People
This section of our website contains information on notable Mayo people abstracted from Mayo Library's local studies reference material including information taken from the rare A Concise Dictionary of Irish Biography by John S. Crone, M.R.I.A. published in 1928. Additional articles are included on some historical figures taken from local newspapers and journals.
MAYO PEOPLE F-M:
FITZGERALD, GEORGE ROBERT, duellist, “fighting Fitzgerald”; b. Turlough, Co. Mayo about 1748; ed. at Eton; nephew of Hervey, Earl-Bishop of Derry; commanded company of volunteers; freeman of Derry, 1784; a wild desperado; killed an attorney, and hanged at Castlebar, 1786.
FLANNERY, THOMAS, Irish scholar; b. Co. Mayo, 1840; one of the earliest Gaelic revivalists, he taught the language for nearly forty years; published For the Tongue of the Gael, 1896, and Dunaire na Macoine, 1911; besides editing some Gaelic texts, and a metrical translation of The Lay of Oisin; d. London 1916.
GILDEA, SIR JAMES, philanthropist; b. Kilmaine, Co. Mayo, 1838; ed. Cambridge; served with ambulance, Franco-Prussian war, 1870-1; raised large sums for widows and orphans of soldiers killed in various wars, and for homes for officers’ widows and daughters; one of the founders of St. John’s Ambulance Association; almoner of Order of St. John of Jerusalem; C.B., 1898; K.C.V.O., 1908; d. 1920.
GRAY, SIR JOHN, journalist and publicist; b. Claremorris, 1816; ed. Glasgow, M.D., 1839; editor and part proprietor of Freeman’s Journal, 1841; sole proprietor, 1850; tried and sentenced with O’Connell in state trials, 1844; to his energy when town councillor Dublin owes its fine water supply; knighted, 1863, and inscribed “Vartry” on the coat of arms granted; returned three times unopposed for Kilkenny; d.Bath, 1875.
HARDIMAN, JAMES, historian; b. Connaught, 1782; studied law in Dublin; appointed sub-commissioner of public records; M.R.I.A., published History of Galway, 1820; a native speaker, he brought out Irish Minstrelsy, with translations, 2 vols., 1831; The Statute of Kilkenny, 1843; edited O’Flaherty’s Iar Connaught for I.A.S., 1846; librarian, Queen’s College, Galway; d. there 1855.
HAVERTY, MARTIN, historian; b. Co. Mayo, 1809; half brother of above; ed. Irish College, Paris; became sub-librarian, King’s Inns Dublin; wrote Wanderings in Spain, 1844, and a History of Ireland, 1860, frequently reprinted; d. Dublin, 1887.
HENRY, SIR EDWARD RICHARD, police commissioner; b. Co. Mayo, 1850; ed. Ware and U.C., London, entered Indian Civil Service, 1873; retired 1901, appointed assistant, and in 1903, commissioner of Police in London; introduced finger print system of identification; had to deal with many outrages and strikes; was shot in 1912; a strike of police in August, 1918, caused his resignation when he was created a baronet; d. Ascot, 1931.
Kenney, James Christopher Fitzgerald- (1878–1956), politician and lawyer, born 30th April, 1878, in Ballyglass, Co. Mayo.
KILMAINE, CHAS. EDWARD JENNINGS, soldier; b. Dublin, 1744; entered French army at 15, taking name of “Kilmaine” from his ancestral home in Mayo; rose rapidly; serving under the king, the republic, and Napoleon, with whom he crossed the Alps, and shared his Italian victories; general-in-chief in Switzerland, 1798; resigned through failing health; d. Paris, 1799.
King, Richard (1907–74), stained-glass artist and illustrator, born 7th July, 1907 in Castlebar, Co. Mayo
LUCAN BINGHAM GEORGE CHARLES, 3rd EARL OF; soldier; b. Dublin, 1800; entered army, 1816; colonel, 1826; M.P. Mayo, 1826-30; succeeded, 1839; commanded cavalry division in Turkey, 1854; directed charge of heavy brigade at Balaclava, and followed light brigade to cover its retirement; wounded in the action; censured and recalled, 1855; general, 1865; field-marshal, 1887; d. 1888.
LYNCH, HENRY BLOSSE, explorer; b. Partry, Co. Mayo, 1807; entered navy, 1823; interpreter to squadron, 1829; crossed Nubian desert, 1833; with F.R. Chesney explored Euphrates route to India; traversed Tigris from Armenia to Bagdad; commanded flotilla, 1843; commodore Indian navy, 1851; C.B., retired, 1856; d. Paris, 1873.
LYNCH, PATRICK EDWARD, soldier; b. Partry about 1805; entered Indian army, 1826; served with native infantry in many local engagements; was political resident, Afghanistan, 1840-1; retired with rank of major-general, 1878; d. Partry, 1884.
LYNCH, THOMAS KERR, explorer; b. Partry, 1818; ed. T.C.D., joined his brother Blosse on Euphrates expedition, 1837-42; established specially constructed line of steamers between Bagdad and India; travelled extensively, and on return was consul-general for Persia; d. London, 1891.
MACDONNELL, ANTHONY PATRICK, 1st Lord; statesman; b. Shraigh, Mayo, 1844; ed. Summerhill, and Q. Coll., Galway; entered Bengal civil service, 1865; rose to be acting-governor; K.C.S.I., 1893; P.C., 1902; went as under-secretary to Dublin to carry out a policy of devolution and land purchase; his hopes frustrated, retired, 1908, when raised to peerage; d. London, 1925.
MCDONNELL, ENEAS, author; b. Westport, 1783; d. Laragh, 1858; ed. Tuam and Maynooth; bar; edited Cork Chronicle in 1816, and imprisoned six months for an article; and in Kilmainham in 1828, at suit of Archbp Trench of Tuam; went to London as parliamentary agent of Catholic association, and wrote hosts of pamphlets in its behalf; one novel, and Letters, 8vo, 1837. Norbury, seeing him leave Archbp. Troy’s house, said: “There’s the pious Eneas coming from the ‘sack’ ofTroy”
MACHALE, MOST REV. JOHN, archbishop; b. Tobbernavine, Mayo, 1791; entered Maynooth, 1807; ordained 1814; consecrated bishop, 1825; archbishop of Tuam, 1834; became very popular; “The Lion of St. Jarlath’s” as O’Connell called him; opposed Newman and his Catholic university, and quarrelled with Cardinal Cullen over it; visited Rome Twice; a native speaker, he translated the Pentateuc, , Moore’s Melodies and the Iliad into Irish, and wrote Irish verse; voluminous letter writer; d. Tuam 1881. (Life by Rev. B. O’Reilly)
MAXWELL, WILLIAM HAMILTON, novelist; b. Newry, 1792; ed. T.C.D., B.A., 1812; ordained, Carlow, 1813; curate of Clonallon, 1813; rector of Balla, 1820; wrote O’Hara, Wild Sports of the West; Stories of Waterloo, Brian O’Linn, and other popular fictions; History of Irish Rebellion of 1798, and Life of Wellington; contributed to leading periodicals; d. Musselburgh, 1850.
MOORE, GEORGE AUGUSTUS, novelist, b. Moore Hall, Ballyglass, Mayo, 1852; eldest son of G.H. Moore, M. P. (q.v.); ed. Oscott; studied art in Paris, 1870-80; settled in London; suppressed his early poems, and his earlier novels were banned by libraries; returned to Ireland; High Sheriff of Mayo, 1905; describes his life there in his trilogy, Hail and Farewell, 1911-14; The Brook Kerith (1916) established his reputation as a master of English prose; d. Chelsea, 1933.
Moore, Maurice George (1854–1939), soldier and politician, born 10th Aug., 1854 at Moore Hall, Ballyglass, Co. Mayo
MOORE, GEORGE HENRY, politician; b. Moore Hall, Co. Mayo, 1810; ed. Oscott and Cambridge; M.P., Mayo, 1847; his brilliant oratorical gifts brought him to the front; led tenant right movement after 1855; unseated, 1857; was out of Parliament until 1868, when re-elected for Mayo; supported amnesty and Home Rule; d. Co. Mayo, 1870; his son is the well-known novelist. (Life by Maurice Moore.)
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