SEWARD, Wm. Wenman Esq. Topographia Hibernica; or the Topography of Ireland, Antient and Modern. [SIR HENRY SHEEHY KEATING’S COPY]


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Giving a complete view of the Civil and Ecclesiastical State of that Kingdom; With its Antiquities, Natural Curiosities; Trade, Manufacturers, Extent and Population. Its Counties, Baronies, Cities, Boroughs, Parliamentary Representation and Patronage; Ancient Districts and their original Proprietors. Post, Market and Fair Towns; Bishopricks, Abbeys, Monasteries, Castles, Ruins, Private-Seats, and remarkable Buildings. Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Mineral-Springs, Bays and Harbours, with the Latitude and Longitude of the principal Places, and their Distances from the Metropolis, and from each other. Historical Anecdotes, and Remarkable Events. The whole alphabetically arranged and carefully edited. With an Appendix, containing some additional Places and Remarks, and several useful Tables. With large folding map of Ireland and folding table at end. Dublin: Printed by Alex Stewart, No. 86, Bride-street, 1795. Quarto. pp. [iv], [342], 30, (Appendix). Later half maroon morocco on green cloth boards, title in gilt on maroon morocco label on spine. Signature of Henry S. Keating, 56th Regiment, on titlepage, bookplate on front pastedown. A very good copy.
ESTC T147489.
Provenance: From the library of Sir Henry Sheehy Keating, (1777-1847), army officer and colonial governor, fourth son in the family of five sons and four daughters of Bryan Keatinge (d.1783) of Cork and Bansha, County Tipperary, and his wife, Anne, eldest daughter and co-heiress of John Sheehy of Cork. After entering the British army as an ensign in 1793, Henry Sheehy Keating - he soon dropped the final ‘e’ from his surname - was commissioned lieutenant in the 33rd foot (1794), captain in the same regiment (1796), major in the 56th foot (1800), and lieutenant colonel (1804). He served first in the West Indies, and was wounded in the sword arm at Mont Calabasse and in the skull at Berville Camp, where he was taken prisoner by the French and held in close confinement for twenty-one months. After a recruiting mission in Ireland, he went to the East Indies in 1807. It was in the Mascarenes, the group of islands in the Indian Ocean held by France, that his career became brilliant. He commanded the British force that occupied and established a base on the small island of Rodriguez (August 1809). As the officer commanding the troops with the squadron of Josias Rowley (a fellow Irishman) blockading the Isle of France and Bourbon, he seized Bourbon (9 July 1810). He went on to lead the first brigade to land on the Isle of France, which the British captured after some fighting (3 December 1810) and made their main base, restoring its old name, Mauritius. Keating was given the military command of Bourbon and was governor there until its return to France (11 December 1815). On attempting to raise a regiment from among the ‘coloured’ population he was rebuked by the commander-in-chief (as French subjects they ought not to wear a British uniform), and on attempting to suppress with vigour the slave trade to the island he also incurred disapproval from his superior.
Keating was made a companion of the Order of the Bath (1815) and knight commander (1835); he was promoted colonel (4 June 1813), major general (12 August 1819), lieutenant general (10 January 1837), and colonel of the 33rd regiment (1845). Keating’s rise was remarkable for his being a catholic – the more so when it is considered that the promotion of a catholic above the rank of colonel was not permitted by the relief act of 1793 (passed only three months before he was commissioned).
In 1817 he succeeded, as senior male representative of the family, his first cousin John William Keatinge (1770-1817), only son of Michael Keatinge and dean of St Patrick’s, Dublin; in 1840 he was granted arms. Keating retired to England, to Headley Park, Liphook, Hampshire. He died, aged seventy, on 12 September 1847 at Cheltenham. He had married (1798) Mary Anne, eldest daughter of Captain James Singer of Annadale, Clontarf, Dublin, deputy commissary general in Ireland. They had four sons: three entered the army; another, their third, Sir Henry Singer Keating (1804-88), born in Dublin, had a legal career in England, becoming MP for Reading (1852-9) and a judge of the common pleas (1859-75).

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