John Edward Pigot

Life
1822-1871; Young Irelander; b. Kilworth, Co. Cork; ed. locally, and TCD, BA 1843; contrib. The Nation as ‘Fermoy’; contrib. to Irishman (ed. Denis Holland) and Irish Penny Journal but and notably chiefly to The Nation; mbr. Nation editorial board; poems and prose in The Voice of the Nation and The Spirit of the Nation; alt. pseuds ‘Firinne’, and ‘Gall’; active in Irish Confederation and corresponded regularly with Thomas Davis; mbr. of defence team at trials of John Mitchel and William Smith O’Brien, 1848; joint-hon. sec. of Society for Preservation and Publication of the Melodies of Ireland (1851); his materials used by Petrie and P. W. Joyce; practised law in Bombay from 1865, and died in Ireland on vacation; MSS in RIA; works not collected; long account of Pigot by John O’Hagan in Irish Monthly, 1888. PI MKA DIH.

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References
Brian McKenna, Irish Literature, 1800-1875: A Guide to Information Sources (Detroit: Gale Research Co. 1978), cites an article by John O’Hagan including letters of Thomas Davis to Pigot in the 1840’s, in Irish Monthly 16 (1888); Matthew Russell, ‘Contributors to Irish Biography, John Edward Pigot,’ Irish Monthly 24 (1896) [inc. obituary from The Nation, 8 July 1871]; Stephen Gwynn, ‘Pigot and Davis’, in Studies, 38 (1949).

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