Notable Irvings & Irvines

Colonel Paulus Aemilius Irving (1714-1796) commanded the 15th Regiment of Foot under General Wolfe in 1759 at the capture of the Heights of Abraham and later became Governor of the Province of Quebec.

Charles Irving (1768–1781) a Scottish naval surgeon and inventor. In 1770, he introduced a method for distillation of seawater to the Royal Navy, was used on the second voyage of James Cook and on the 1773 expedition by Phipps towards the North Pole.

Washington Irving (1783–1859) an American short-story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century.

Edward Irving (1792–1834) was a Scottish clergyman, generally regarded as the main figure behind the foundation of the Catholic Apostolic Church.

Sir Henry Irving (1838–1905), born John Henry Brodribb, an English stage actor in the Victorian era. In 1895 became the first actor to be awarded a knighthood.

Colonel J.B. Irving (1844-1925) was the author of “The Book of the Irvings &c” (1907). He joined 4th of Foot in 1864, fought in Lord Napier’s campaign in Ethiopia, singlehandedly raised 1st Dumfriesshire Volunteers now part of Kings Own Scottish Borderers (3rd Vol.) and was possibly the oldest serving officer in WW1.

Captain Sir R.B. Irving (1877-1954), KB, OBE, RD, DL, fought at the Battle of Jutland and commanded the ‘Queen Mary’ in 1936 and won the Blue Riband. Granted a knighthood in 1943.

Kenneth Colin Irving, OC (1899–1992) was a Canadian businessman founder of the Irving Group of Companies. In 1989, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Thomas Ballantyne Irving (1914–2002), also known as Al-Hajj Ta’lim Ali Abu Nasr, was a Canadian-American Muslim author, professor, activist and scholar who produced the first American English translation of the Qur’an.

Captain R.A.S. Irving RN (1930-2021) fought in Korean War, commanded a shore base in the UK and warships in Persian Gulf and West Indies, Naval Attaché British Embassy in Cairo, Defence Intelligence in Whitehall, NATO Defence College in Rome, Chief of Staff NATO headquarters in Portugal. Freelance Arabic Translator and Linguist.