Morgan John O'Connell

Morgan O'Connell (27 August 1811 – 2 July 1875) was an Irish Repeal Association politician who was Member of Parliament (MP) for Kerry from the 1835 election until the 1852 election.[1][2] His father was John O'Connell, younger brother of Daniel O'Connell, the leader of the Repeal Association.[1] John's son was usually called Morgan John O'Connell to distinguish him from Daniel's son Morgan O'Connell, such a patronymic being a common Irish practice.[3] His mother Elizabeth Coppinger was descended from Sir Walter Coppinger. He was "wild and extravagant" in his youth, and in middle age financial necessity made him practice at the English bar.[4] His uncle William Coppinger died in 1862; O'Connell inherited an estate in County Cork directly and another in Kildysart, County Clare, after his mother died the next year.[5] In 1865 he married Mary Anne Bianconi,[4][6] daughter of entrepreneur Charles Bianconi;[1] she remembered him as "a very handsome, tall, stout, jolly, fresh-looking man".[7] Their only child, John O'Connell Bianconi,[1] was a reforming landlord,[6] and in 1914 the County Clare commander of the National Volunteers.[8]



  • O'Connell, Mrs Morgan John [Mary Anne Bianconi O'Connell] (1892). The Last Colonel of the Irish Brigade, Count O'Connell, and Old Irish Life at Home and Abroad, 1745–1833. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner.


  1. ^ a b c d O'Connell 1892 Vol.2 (facing p.316) Note D.
  2. ^ "Mr Morgan O'Connell". Historic Hansard. UK Parliament. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  3. ^ O'Connell 1892 Vol.1 p.83
  4. ^ a b O'Connell 1892 Vol.2 p.294
  5. ^ "O'Connell (Barryscourt)". Landed Estates Database. NUI Galway. Retrieved 30 July 2020.; O'Connell 1892 Vol.2 pp. 315, 318
  6. ^ a b Burke, Bernard; Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1912). "O'Connell of Darrynane Abbey". A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Ireland. London: Harrison & Sons. p. 518.
  7. ^ O'Connell 1892 Vol.1 p.158
  8. ^ McNamara, Peadar (8 April 2010). "Volunteering to be a part of history". The Clare Champion. Retrieved 31 July 2020.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Kerry
With: Frederick Mullins 1835–1837
Arthur Blennerhassett 1837–1841
William Browne 1841–1847
Henry Arthur Herbert 1847–1852
Succeeded by
Valentine Browne
Henry Arthur Herbert