Charles O’Hara

Life
?-1776; member of Irish House of Commons; friend and correspondent of Edmund Burke; presum. of the Trelawney title and lineage.

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Commentary
Conor Cruise O’Brien
, The Great Melody (1992), quotes correspondence of Burke to Chas. O’Hara: ‘One thing is fortunate for you, though without any merits of your own, that the Liberties (or what shadows of Liberty there are) of Ireland have been saved in America.’ (31 Dec. 1765, at successful resistance to Stamp Act, with a ftn.: O’Hara died in 1776, depriving us of a listening post for Burke on Ireland thereafter. Bibl. cites Thomas Bartlett, ‘The O’Hara’s of Annaghmore, c.1600-1.1800, Survival and Revival, in Irish Economic and Social History, Vol. IX (Dublin 1982), pp.34-52, on Burke’s correspondent Charles O’Hara in the Irish House of commons; and Hoffman, ‘Edmund Burke, New York Agent, with his letters to the New York Assembly and intimate correspondence with Charles O’Hara 1761-1776 (Philadelphia 1956) [ibid., p.57.]

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Notes
Edm. Burke: Charles O’Hara, of Nymphsfield, Co. Sligo, corresponding with the Burkes throughout the 1760s. (See Stanley Ayling, Edmund Burke, 1988, p.19.)

Shell Guide (1966): the fine grounds of Annaghmore [House[], in the O’Hara country; note that Annaghmore is Eanach Mór (‘the big bog’).

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