Galloping Hogan

Michael "Galloping" Hogan was an Irish rapparee or brigand following the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.[1]

He was born in the parish of Doon, at the foot of the Slieve Phelim hills in East Limerick, and was possibly a relatively wealthy landowner before becoming a rapparee.

Under his expert guidance in 1690, Patrick Sarsfield and 500 Jacobite troops blew up the Williamite siege train at Ballyneety, Co. Limerick.[2] One eyewitness account says that Galloping Hogan was given the honour of lighting the fuse.[3]

The Williamite war continued until the Treaty of Limerick was signed in October 1691. But Galloping Hogan refused to accept the Treaty and carried on the struggle for a further six months before leaving Ireland from Cork in late Spring 1692 with the last contingent of Wild Geese.

He went to France, where he became a general. In 1706 he was forced to leave France because of killing a fellow officer in a duel in Flanders, and fled to Portugal, where he continued his military career. Years later he ended his career as a senior officer in the Portuguese army.[4]

In May 1712 he contributed to the victory of the Portuguese Army against the Spanish at the battle of Campo Maior, Portugal. He remained in Portugal until his death, and reared a distinguished family whose descendants still live in Portugal.


  1. ^ Ó hAllmhuráin, Gearóid (1998). A pocket history of Irish traditional music. O'Brien Press. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-86278-555-0.
  2. ^ D'Alton, Edward Alfred (1923). History of Ireland: from the earliest times to the present day, Volume 4. The Gresham Publishing Company. p. 428. OCLC 59363032.
  3. ^ Haddick-Flynn, Kevin (2003). Sarsfield and the Jacobites. Mercier Press. p. 162. ISBN 978-1-85635-408-0.
  4. ^ Haddick-Flynn, Kevin (Winter 2000). "Ballyneety". History Ireland. 8 (4): 25–29. JSTOR 27724825.

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