[Sir] Rory OMore
fl.1620-1652 [var. OMoore; orig. Roger Moore]; main contriver of
1641, chf. mediator between Ulster Irish and Pale gentry; enlisted Owen
Roe ONeill [from Spain], 1642; commanded Confederates in Kings
and Queens Co., 1643; mediated with Inchiquin, 1648, and Ormond,
1949; refuged in Inisboffin, 1652; escaped to Scotland, or perished in
Ireland; his image appeared on the banners of the Ancient Order of the
Hibernians. ODNB DIB
John G Rowe, The First of the Rapparees, Rory Oge OMoore (no title-page; 15pp.].
D. George Boyce, Nationalism
in Ireland (London: Routledge 1982; 1991 Edn.): The original
leaders of the 1641 Rebellion were, certainly, native Irish; and the rebellion
was most serious and most bloody in Ulster, that part of Ireland which
had been last to lose its Gaelic social and political identity. But its
leader, Rory OMore, was no Gaelic hero of  the stamp of Hugh
ONeill. Before he rose to fame as the leader of Ireland he
was commonly known as Roger Moore, a landowner with property in counties
Armagh and Kildare, and a man who had political and family connections
with the Old English.
[with Lord Maguire and Phelim ONeill]
members of a socially notable propertied class, who had, on the accession
of Charles I, been quick to declare their loyalty to the Crown. They were
certainly not wild Irish, even though their rank and file might conform,
to some extent at least, to that stereotype.
amounted to an attempt to ward off the consequences of the change in the
distribution of political power that was taking place in England
as a means of defending themselves against further encroachment by the
parliament of England. (pp.78-79.)
Dictionary of National Biography: fl.1620-52; called Roger
Moore, or More; assisted in concerting 1641; whom victory at Julianstown,
negotiated with gentry of Pale at Crofty, 1641; outlawed, 1642; commanded
Confederation forces in Loais and Offaly, 1643; among Owen Roes
followers, 1644; in arms against Confederation, 1948; tried to effect
arrangement between Ormond and ONeill, 1649; commanded foot in Connaught,
1650; driven to Bofin, escaped to Scotland or died in Ireland; the most
humane of the Irish leaders.
Library of Herbert Bell (Belfast)
contains John G Rowe, The First of the Rapparees: Rory Oge OMoore (no title-page; 15pp.), ending with quote, Who dare say no to
Rory Oge with all his raparees!
Namesake: Rory OMore of
Laois hoped that an Irish school, with a printing press as at Louvain,
would be established before Flann Mac Aodhagáin died. (See Oxford Companion to Irish Literature, ed. Robert Welch, Oxford:
Clarendon 1996, under Mac Aodhagáin.)
Namesake (fiction): Rory OMore
is the stage-title-character of Lovers comical novel, Rory OMore (1836).