(1828–90), nationalist politician and MP for Cavan 1874–90. A prosperous provision merchant, Biggar was drawn to the home rule movement, joined the IRB in 1875, and was a member of the supreme council (transacting its business on House of Commons notepaper) until expelled for refusing to quit parliament (1877). He pioneered the tactics of obstructing parliamentary business which he and Parnell perfected. He was a treasurer of the Land League. A Presbyterian by upbringing, he became a Catholic in 1877.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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