Keogh[1] (No.1)

Of Connaught.[2]

Arms: Ar. a lion ramp. gu. in dexter chief a dexter hand couped at the wrist, and in the sinister a crescent both of the second. Crest: A boar pass. az.

DERMOD KELLY, the fifth son of Daniel O'Kelly who is No. 111 on the (No.1) "O'Kelly" (Hy-Maine) pedigree, and whose patrimony was "The forty quarters of Moyfin," near Elphin in the county Roscommon, was the ancestor of MacEochaidh, or, more properly, MacEachaigh; anglicised MacKeogh, and modernized Kehoe, and Keogh.

112. Dermod Kelly: son of Daniel O'Kelly.

113. Eochaidh ("each" or "eoch:" Irish, a steed; Gr. "ikkos;" Lat. "equus"), meaning a horseman or knight:" his son; a quo MacEochaidh.

114. Thomas Kelly: his son; ancestor of Kelly, of Moyfin, etc.

115. Nicholas: his son; was Prior of Athenry; had a brother named Simeon, who was dean of Clonfert.

116. Nicholas Oge: son of Nicholas; divided his estates amongst his four sons; first who assumed the sirname MacKeogh.

117. Donoch: his son; had three brothers—1. Thomas, 2. Daniel, 3. William.

118. Hugh: his son.

119. Connor: his son.

120. Teige: his son.

121. Melaghlin an - Bearla (or Melaghlin who spoke English): his son.

122. William Keogh: his son; the first of the family who omitted the prefix "Mac;" had a brother named Colla.

123. Melaghlin (2): his son; had two brothers—1. named John, 2. Daniel.

124. Edmond Keogh: his son.


[1] Keogh: Of this family was, it is thought, John Keogh of Mount Jerome, a Dublin merchant, and prominent Catholic leader of his time, who was born in 1740. In his own words, he "devoted near thirty years of his life for the purpose of breaking the chains of his countrymen." Of him, Henry Grattan, junior, says: "He was the ablest man of the Catholic body . . . At the outset of life Keogh had been in business, and began as an humble tradesman. He contrived to get into the Catholic Committee, and instantly formed a plan to destroy the aristocratic part, and introduce the democratic. The Act of 33 George III., c. 21, was passed mainly through his instrumentality." He died in Dublin on the 13th November, 1817, and was buried in St. Kevin's churchyard, under a stone he had erected to his father and mother.

[2] Connaught: This branch of the "O'Kelly" (No.1) family were Chiefs of Onagh, in the parish of Taghmaconnell, barony of Athlone, county of Roscommon; in which county many respectable people of the "Keogh" family still reside. Cambrensis Eversus in Note, p. 256, says that, "subsequently the territory of Breadach, county Roscommon, containing forty quarters of land, and comprising the whole parish of Taghmaconnell, in the barony of Athlone, fell into possession of the O'Kellys, who took the name MacEochaidh, now Keogh, of whom the father of the late Mr. Justice Keogh was the Chief Representative."