O’DWYER, Sir Michael. The O’Dwyers of Kilnamanagh. The history of an Irish Sept. With map and folding genealogical chart.
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London: Murray, 1933. First edition. Octavo. pp. vii, 360. Green cloth, titled in gilt. Newspaper clippings on O’Dwyer history loosely inserted. Cover faded, some mild foxing to endpapers as usual. A very good copy. Scarce.
Here is described the economic history of a typical Irish sept or clan settled in the heart of Tipperary from the seventh century to the seventeenth century. This book throws new light on the Civil War in Munster; the Treaty of Cahir in 1652 with Colonel Sankey (representing Cromwell), by which Colonel Edmund O’Dwyer transferred his brigade to the Spanish service, the O’Dwyers in the Irish Brigades of France and Spain; the transplantation of the remnants of the sept beyond the Shannon; the distribution of Kilnamanagh under the Cromwellian and Restoration settlements; and the Land War of two centuries, ending in the recent recovery by some of the sept of a portion of their lost possessions.
Sir Michael Francis O’Dwyer, GCIE, KCSI (1864-1940) was Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab in India from 1912 until 1919. He endorsed General Reginald Dyer’s action regarding the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and termed it a “correct action”. O’Dwyer, aged 75, was shot dead at a joint meeting of the East India Association and the Central Asian Society (now Royal Society for Asian Affairs) in Caxton Hall, London on 13 March 1940, by a Sikh revolutionary, Udham Singh, in retaliation for the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar.
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