John Keogh

(1740—1817) campaigner for Roman Catholic rights

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(1740–1817), Catholic activist. A merchant whose self-made fortune allowed him to purchase land, Keogh was the dominant figure in the Catholic Committee of the 1790s. A United Irishman, he was briefly detained in 1796 and temporarily dropped out of public life. He returned to Catholic politics from 1805, but retired about 1810 having been overruled on questions of tactics.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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