An 1830s list of celebrated Dublin Natives

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An extract from the listing for Dublin city in the 1837 edition of the "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" by Samuel Lewis. (The information collected here was submitted by members of the local gentry and clergy of the time).

EMINENT DUBLIN NATIVES

The following eminent persons were born in the city in the years attached to their names :

  • Richard Stanyhurst, historian, 1545 ;
  • Win. Bathe, an eminent writer, 1564 ;
  • Henry Fitzsimons, an eminent writer, 1569 ;
  • James Ussher, the celebrated prelate, 1580 ;
  • Sir James Ware, the antiquary, 1594 ;
  • Arthur Annesley, Earl of Annesley, 1614 ;
  • Henry Luttrell, an engraver, 1650 ;
  • Nahum Tate, a poet, 1652 ;
  • Wm. Molyneux, mathematician, astronomer, and patriot, 1656 ;
  • Thomas Southerne, a dramatic poet, 1659 ;
  • James Butler, Duke of Ormonde, 1665 ;
  • Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's, 1667 ;
  • Marmaduke Coghill, Chancellor of the Exchequer in Ireland, 1673 ;
  • Dr. Robert Clayton, a celebrated prelate, 1695 ;
  • Wm. Robertson, a learned divine, 1705 ;
  • Thos. Frye, the first manufacturer of porcelain in England, 1710 ;
  • James McArdill, engraver, 1710 ;
  • Mary Barber, authoress, 1712 ;
  • John Gast, an eminent divine, 1715 ;
  • Springer Barry, a celebrated actor, 1719 ;
  • Thos. Leland, historian, 1722 ;
  • Rev. Mervyn Archdall, an antiquary, 1723 ;
  • George Barrett, painter, 1728 ;
  • Francis Gentleman, a dramatic writer, 1728 ;
  • John Cunningham, a poet, 1729 ;
  • Edm. Chandler, Bishop of Durham, 1730 ;
  • Nathaniel Hone, portrait painter, 1730 ;
  • Isaac Bickerstaff, dramatist, 1732 ;
  • Andrew Caldwell, compiler of parliamentary debates, 1732 ;
  • Hugh Hamilton, painter, 1734 ;
  • James Caulfeild, first Earl of Charlemont, 1738 ;
  • Sir Philip Francis, author and statesman, 1740 ;
  • Edward Malone, critic and antiquary, 1741 ;
  • John Fitzgibbon, Earl of Clare, 1749 ;
  • Henry Grattan, statesman, orator, and patriot, 1751 ;
  • Wm. Mossop, medalist, 1754 ;
  • John Hickey, sculptor, 1756 ;
  • Joseph Cooper Walker, antiquary, 1761 ;
  • Geo. McAllister, painter on glass, 1786.

The birth-dates of the following natives of Dublin have not been ascertained :

  • Edward Borlase, historian ;
  • Thomas Dogget, a celebrated actor ;
  • Robert Molesworth,
  • Viscount Molesworth ;
  • Charles Byrne, miniature painter ;
  • Zach. Crofton, a celebrated divine ; and
  • Wm. Halliday, Irish grammarian.

Dublin gave the title of Earl to His Royal Highness the late Duke of Kent.


SOURCE: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis (pub 1837)

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