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William Nicholas Keogh

(1817—1878) judge


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(1817–78), politician and judge. A Catholic barrister and MP for Athlone 1847–56, Keogh sparkled in the opposition of the Irish Brigade to the ecclesiastical titles bill. Pledged to independent opposition in 1852, he nevertheless accepted office (Dec. 1852) in Aberdeen's government as solicitor-general for Ireland. For this he was denounced as a pledge-breaker and a place-seeker. He became judge of the court of Common Pleas in 1856. His conduct of a number of cases, including Fenian trials, evoked criticism.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

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