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Keogh, including 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 Eochaidh 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 Keogh's horse.
A Success Story
Hi Bill,
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.

Bill Kehoe

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