Name: John O'NEIL
Given Name: John
Prefix: Viscount 1
Birth: 16 Jan 1739/40
Death: 18 Jun 1798 2
John O'Neill, 1st Viscount O'Neill PC (16 January 1740 '9 6 18 June 1798) was an Irish politician.
O'Neill was the son of Charles O'Neill, Member of Parliamen t for Randalstown, by Catherine Brodick, daughter of St Joh n Brodrick, of Midleton, County Cork.
He was returned to the Irish House of Commons for Randalsto wn in 1760, a seat he held until 1783, and then represente d County Antrim between 1783 and 1793. He was sworn of t he Irish Privy Council in 1781 and raised to the Peerag e of Ireland as Baron O'Neill, of Shane's Castle in the Cou nty of Antrim, in 1793. In 1795 he was further honoure d when he was made Viscount O'Neill, of Shane's Castle in t he County of Antrim, in the Irish peerage.
Lord O'Neill married the Honourable Henrietta Boyle, daught er of Charles Boyle, Viscount Dungarvan, in 1777. He died i n June 1798, aged 58, and was succeeded in the viscountcy b y his son Charles, who was created Earl O'Neill in 1800.
Change Date: 11 Jun 2017 at 09:10
John O'Neill, 1st Viscount O'Neill was born on 16 January 1 740.2 He was the son of Charles O'Neill and Alice Brodrick. 3,4 He married Henrietta Boyle, daughter of Charles Boyle , Viscount Dungarvan and Susanna Hoare, on 18 October 1777. 1 He died on 17 June 1798 at age 58, from wounds received f rom insurgent pikemen 10 days eariler.2
He was invested as a Privy Councillor (P.C.).3 He wa s County Antrim (both I).2 He graduated with a Trin Colleg e Dublin and Ch Ch Oxford Master of Arts (M.A.).2 He was Me mber of Parliament (M.P.) (I Parl) Randalstown and County A ntrim 1783'9693, Ulster delegate to Irish Nat/l Conventio n of Reform 1783 in 1761.2 He was Privy Counsellor (P.C.) ( I ) in 1780.2 On 25 October 1793 as also earlier BARON O'NE ILL OF SHANE'S CASTLE.2 He gained the title of 1st Viscoun t O'Neill on 3 October 1795. He held the office of Governo r of Antrim in 1798, at the outbreak of Uprising.2 He sho t an assailant
Father: Charles O'NEILL
Mother: Alice BRODRICK
Henrietta BOYLE b: Abt 1756
18 Dec 1777
- Change Date:
22 Mar 2016
- Charles Henry St. John O'NEIL b: 22 Jan 1779
- John Bruce Richard O'NEIL b: 30 Dec 1780
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Text: b 1740. 1st Viscount O'Neil.
- Abbrev: The Summer Soldiers: The 1798 Rebellion in Antrim and Down
Title: The Summer Soldiers: The 1798 Rebellion in Antrim and Down
Author: A.T.Q. Stewart
Publication: Name: Blackstaff Press, 1995. Belfast;
Page: 11, 116, 117
Text: Honorable John O'Neill had been a very popular champion o f theindependent interest was well regarded by most of th e thePresbyterians. On Wednesday he had been in Dublin an d hasten home,passing to Lisburn without stopping, so did n ot receive the warningwhich Nugent had expressly left for h im. Accounts of how he came to bethe market house the thic k of the action vary to a surprising degree.One says he cam e out of the market house on foot, another they arrivedin t he town in a curricle with Lieut. Jackson, his nephew, bu t mostagree that he was on horseback and supporting the roy al forces.
On June 7, 1798 "One of the prisoners was a Lieutenant- Col onelJackson 'in the uniform of his Regiment of the line'. J ackson told himthey come into town with Lord O'Neill, 'in L ord O'Neill's curricle',and that some men had rushed O'Neil l and run two pikes into his body.
He died later from wounds.