[Rev.] Charles O’Conor (1764-1828)


Life
[Rev. Charles O’Conor, DD;] gds. of namesake [q.v.]; ed. Rome 1779-91, PP Co. Roscommon; Rerum Hibernicarium Scriptores, 4 vols. (1814-28); proposed by Charles Vallancy for membership of Royal Irish Academy, 1788; chaplain and librarian at Stowe to Richard Grenville, twice Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and later Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, whose wife was a Catholic; brought papers of his grandfather to Stowe, incl. books, letters, and fifty-nine Gaelic manuscripts;
 
he wrote a memoir of his grandfather, 1796; supported royal veto on Catholic episcopal appointments in Ireland, in Columbanus ad Hibernos (1810-13); edited the Four Masters, and other chronicles from the Stowe Library as Rerum Hibernicarum Scriptores Veteres (1814-26), considered an inaccurate work; The Annals of Tighernach, from Bodleian Rawlinson B. 488, appearing in Tom. II (1825); became insane before his death;
 
the 1st. Vol. of his Memoirs of the Life and Writings of the Late Charles O’Connor (1796) survives in copies at TCD and British Library, while the MS of the 2nd vol. was burnt by him; br. of Matthew O’Conor, author and attorney (1773-1844), wrote History of Irish Catholics from the Settlement in 1691 (1813), and held some of his grandfather’s papers at his estate at Mt. Druid. ODNB DIW DIB OCIL

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Works
Memoirs of the Life and Writings of the Late Charles O’Connor
(Dublin: J. Mehain 1796); also An Historical Address on the Calamities Occasioned by Foreign Influence in the Nominiation of Bishops to Irish Sees 1810-1812 [Breadshaw 6089 and 6095] [Hyland Oct. 1995; 219].

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References
Henry Boylan, Dictionary of Irish Biography (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1988), cites The Present Mode of Appointing Catholic Bishops in Ireland (1813), seven letters supporting the Govt. veto, earning him suspension [from PP duties] by Archbishop Troy. He was briefly an inmate in Dr. Harty’s asylum, Finglas, with Dr. Lanigan [q.v.], and died at Ballinagare.

Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day 1991), Vol. 1, p.1289; a notice appeared in The Nation news ser. [n.d.], advertising Owen Connellan’s Annals of the Four Masters, printed by Geraghty, a portion of which had been given in Irish and Latin in Dr. O’Conor’s Rerum Hibernicarum Scriptores [Veteres, 1814-1826], a work which sells for 18 guineas at the lowest.

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Notes
St. Pat’s fire: For O’Conor’s conjecture as to the location of the site of St. Patrick’s paschal fire, see under Patrick, [infra].

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