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Conor O'Devany

(c. 1535—1612) Roman Catholic bishop of Down and Connor


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(1533–1612), Franciscan and Catholic bishop of Down and Connor (1583–1612), hailed as a martyr when executed in Dublin. O'Devany, who had been imprisoned 1588–90, was re-arrested in 1611. Chichester accused him of abetting the treasons of Hugh O'Neill. Although little substantive evidence was adduced against him, the jury—eleven of them British—found him guilty. A more convincing case was made against Patrick O'Loughlin, O'Neill's chaplain, who was also convicted and executed. Upper-class Dubliners publicly displayed their Catholicism as O'Devany processed to the gallows and ended up in an undignified scramble for relics. Far from cowing the recusants, the government found itself confronting a triumphant Counter-Reformation.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.


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