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Charles O'Kelly

(1621—1695) army officer and historian


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(1621–1695), soldier and author of Macariae Excidium, or the Destruction of Cyprus (1692), a ‘secret’ history of the Williamite War masquerading as a translation of a work of one Philotas Philocypres. Born in Screen, Co. Galway, of mixed Irish and English parentage, O'Kelly served in the Royalist army in Ireland, 1642–51, escaped to Spain, and joined Charles II in France.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

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