Peter Burrowes Kelly

1811-1883; b. May, Stradbally, Queen’s Co. [Laois]; 4th son of John Kelly, Stradbally; ed. TCD (though not listed as an alumnus); non-practising lawyer; active in politics, esp. Tithe agitation; noted speaker, Clerk of the Peace, Queen’s Co. (Offaly), through influence of Lord Castletown; wrote Glenmore, or the Irish Peasant (1839), a novel about eviction, signed ‘A Member of the Irish Bar’; ded. to his friend his friend the poet Thomas Campbell; d. 24 Mar., at residence Glentolka, Fairview, Dublin; bur. Stradbally. PI IF


Ireland in Fiction
, ed. Stephen Brown (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), lists The Manor of Glenmore, or The Irish Peasant (London 1839) [Stradbally in last year of Catholic Emancipation agitation, viz. 1828; sympathetic to peasants; many historical portaits, including Dr. Doyle, JKL; strongly critical of Protestant ascendancy; urges reconciliation]. [LAND]

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