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Kehoe and Mac Keogh, almost equally common forms of the same Irish surname
- Mac Eochaidh - just misses a place in the hundred most numerous names
in Ireland. it is chiefly found in the province of Leinster, the
spelling Kehoe being usual in Co. Wexford. The present Irish spelling
of this name is MacEochaibh. Formerly in Munster it was MacCeoch
or Mac Ceoch which was retained while Gaelic survived there as the vernacular.
Outside Leinster Mac Keoghs are mainly located in the neighborhood of Limerick;
the place name Ballmackeogh is in Co. Tipperary a few miles from that city.
This was the homeland of one of the three distinct septs of Mac Keoghs.
The second was in the Ui Maine group. Their eponymous ancestor was
O'Kelly; they were lords of Magh Finn and their territory of Moyfinn
in the barony of Athlone, Co. Roscommon, long known as Keogh's Country,
was popularly so-called even in quite recent times. The place Keoghville
in the parish of Taghmaconnell took its name from them. The third
and historically the most important sept were the Mac Keoghs of Leinster.
These are of the same stock as the O'Byrnes and were hereditary bards to
that great family. With them they migrated in early mediaeval times from
north Kildare to Co. Wicklow, whence they spread later to Co. Wexford.
The Four Masters describe Maolmuire Mac Keogh as chief professor of poetry
in Leinster in 1534, and several fine poets of the name are cited by Douglas
Hyde in his Literary History of Ireland. In a different field of
literature two eighteenth century Protestant clergymen called Keogh are
remembered: John Keogh (1653-1725), as a mathematician and another John
Keogh (1681-1754), as a botanist and zoologist. In the political
sphere Keoghs have produced three notable figures the third of whom, however
sheds no lustre on the name:
Matthew Keogh (1744-1798) hanged for his prominent part in the '98
Insurrection; John Keogh (1740-1817), Catholic leader in the depressed
days before O'Connell; and William Keogh (1817-1878), M.P. and judge, and
associate of the swindler Sadlier - of whom the less said the better.
Mention should also be made of Capt. Myles
Walter Keogh (1840-1876), a distinguished officer of the Federal Army in the American Civil War,
who lost his life in the memorable battle of Little Bighorn in the Indian
war in which the only survivor on his side was
Here is a success story for the files. I had been looking for
years without success for news of my great grandfather's seven brothers
and one sister, all born in Oromocto, NB 1831-1846. My great grandfather
knew his older sister had gone to New Orleans as a teenager, and even made
three separate trips there to look for her, but without success.
My son was looking for Kehoes (all spellings) on the web and happened,
while searching the Ke-- happened to read an interestingly written file
for James V. Keating. He had married my great grandfather's long
searched for sister, Margaret Ann Agnes Kehoe. Like my great grandfather,
she had never spoken to her children or grandchildren about her parents.
My grandfather did, however, have a lot to say about Matthew Keogh (174?-1798),
hung by the British as a leader after the 1798 rebellion had failed. He
said that Matthew was his grandfather. I wonder if my great grandfather
Denis' brothers, Philip, James, Henry, Timothy, Daniel, Patrick, and John,
whom we have not found yet aside from their birth/census records, might
also have talked to their children and grandchildren about Matthew Keogh's
having been their grandfather.
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