Today in Irish History – 26 November:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1624 – Birth in Dublin of John Stearne, founder and first president of the College of Physicians.

1651 – Death of Henry Ireton, Cromwell’s Son-in-Law. Henry Ireton was effectively Cromwell’s Commander-in-Chief in Ireland. Shortly after the Siege of Limerick ended (27 October) Ireton took ill, allegedly of the plague.

1852 – Aeneas Coffey, inventor of the Coffey Still, dies.

1873 – Birth in Co Cork of Celtic scholar, Osborn Joseph Bergin.

1885 – Birth of chemist and physicist, Thomas Andrews, in Belfast. He was a longtime professor of chemistry at Queen’s University of Belfast.

1895 – Death of zoologist, photographer and army surgeon, George Edward Dobson. Born in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, he was an expert on small mammals. He was a member of several scientific societies, the Royal Society, the Linnean Society of London and the Zoological Society of London. He was a corresponding member of the Academy of Natural…

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