John Philpot Curran

(1750 - 1817) Lawyer, MP and Nationalist.

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John Philpot Curran in (1750 - 1817) Lawyer, MP and Nationalist..

Born Newmarket, Co. Cork and educated Middleton School, TCD, and Middle Temple.

In 1783 he was given a seat for Kilbeggan in the House of Commons but, refusing to be subject to his patronarc's views, bought another seat, for Rathcormack, Co. Cork, at his own expense and held it until 1797.

In Parliament he was a strong advocate of Catholic emancipation and a severe critic of patronage and>
After 1798 he defended the United Irishmen Hamiton Rowan and Tone. He opposed the Act of Union (1800) with vigour and eloquence yet after the rising of 1803, when he discovered that his daughter Sarah was secretly engaged to Robert Emmet, he behaved so harshly to her that she was obliged to leave his house, the Priory, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.

Curran died at Brompton, Middlesex, 14th October 1817.

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