Category: Irish in South America

Harry Whittington (1878-1971)

Life in Paraguay and Brazil (1907-1925) My grandfather was Henry Whittington (always known as Harry); his birth on 5 October 1878 was registered in Carndonagh in Co. Donegal; the family was living in Fairview. Harry was the eighth of twelve

Joseph Richard Pike McAlery C.E. 1882-1921

Richard, always known as Dick, was born in Belfast, the younger son of John Mecredy McAlery and his wife Elizabeth.   The family lived in Whitehead, right on the Promenade and close to the railway station.   Dick became a Civil Engineer

Dr Henry William Peard (1860-1936)

Coole Abbey House – a Peard family seat, is located in the townland of Coole Upper, near Castlelyons on the road between Conna and Fermoy. It was called after the nearby abbey of which little now remains. Coole Abbey House was

Eliza Lynch (1834 – 1866)

LYNCH, Eliza Alicia (1834–86), mistress of Francisco Solano López (dictator of Paraguay, 1862–70), was born in Charleville, Co. Cork, the eldest of at least three children of John Lynch, a Catholic doctor, and his wife, Jane Elizabeth, second daughter of

Andrew, William & John Blest

The Blest family lived in Sligo at the beginning of the 19th century.  The mother was Anna Maiben or Mayben, from a local linen mill family, and the father, Albert, was a pastor descended from a soldier who had married

William Brown 1777 -1857

William Brown is a national hero in Argentina, the founder of the Argentine navy and one of the founding fathers of the Argentine State. While it is agreed that he was born in Foxford, Co Mayo, there are conflicting versions

Ambrose O’Higgins 1720-1801

Although not as well known as his son, Bernardo O’Higgins, Ambrose had an impressive career in South America.  He was born at his family’s ancestral seat in Ballynary, County Sligo, the son of Charles O’Higgins and his wife (and kinswoman) Margaret O’Higgins,