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Harman Murtagh

Visiting Fellow

Harman Murtagh is a native of Athlone.

He was educated at Clongowes Wood College (LC 1962), TCD (BA mod. modern history and political science 1966; MA 1970; MLitt 1971), The Law Society of Ireland (solicitor 1969); University of Amsterdam (scholarship and International Diploma in European Integration 1971); NUIG (PhD 1986).

His work experience is as a solicitor with McCann Fitzgerald Dublin 1969-70; as lecturer Athlone IT 1971; senior lecturer ditto 1991 and visiting fellow ditto 2009 - .

Hon. curator AIT art collection 1975 - .

Current president of the Military History Society of Ireland/Irish Commission for Military History and a vice-president of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement

Historical advisor, Ulster Museum exhibition The battle of the Boyne (1990); National Museum of Ireland exhibition Soldiers and chiefs: the Irish at war at home and abroad (2009)

Historical advisor and script-writer OPW Battle of the Boyne Project (2008); and Athlone Castle Project (2012)

Member, Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Irish Battlefields Study Group

Member County Westmeath Heritage Forum

PUBLICATIONS (since 2000)

Athlone: history and society to 1800 (Athlone, 2000)

(with Rolf Loeber & Joh n Cronin), ‘Prelude to confiscation: a survey of Catholic estates in Leinster in 1690’ in Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, vol. 131 (2001)

‘General Humbert’s futile campaign’. In Thomas Bartlett, David Dickson, Daire Keogh & Kevin Whelan (eds). The 1798 Bicentenary Conference proceedings (Dublin, 2003)

‘French military involvement in Ireland in the reign of Louis XIV’ in Sarah Alyn-Stacey (ed.) Culture and conflict in 17th-century France (Dublin, 2003)

‘Crossing the Shannon at Athlone’ in Journal of the Old Athlone Society, ii, no. 7 (2003)

‘Jacobite artillery 1689-91’ in The Irish Sword, xxiii, no. 94 (winter 2003)

‘Colonel Richard Grace (c. 1616-1691), defender of Athlone’ in Journal of the Old Athlone Society, ii, no. 8 (2005)

Oxford University Press dictionary of national biography (Oxford UP, 2004) twenty-four biographies, as follows:

John Higgins (1670-1729)

Christopher Nugent (d. 1731)

Thomas O’Gorman (1732-1809)

Godert de Ginkel, first earl of Athlone (1630-1703)

Gustavus Hamilton, Viscount Boyne (1639-1723)

Thomas Nugent, fourth earl of Westmeath (1656-1752)

William Wolseley (1640-1697)

Richard Butler, earl of Arran (1639-1686)

William O’Brien, second earl of Inchiquin (1638-1692)

Richard Grace (1620-1691)

Daniel O’Brien, third Viscount Clare (d.1690)

Arthur Dillon (1670-1733)

Charles O’Brien, sixth Viscount Clare (1689-1768)

Henri Massue de Ruvigny, first earl of Galway (1648-1720)

James O’Moran (1735–1794)

Charles Wogan (d. 1754)

Richard Hennessy

Sir James Dillon (c. 1600-c. 1669)

Maurice de Lacy (1740-1820)

Ambrosio O’Higgins, marquis of Osorno (c. 1721-1801)

Thomas Phillips (1635-1693)

Francis Taaffe third earl of Carlingford (1639-1704)

Maximilian Ulysses von Brown (1705-1757)

Frederick Hermann, duke of Schomberg (1615-1690)

(Professor Brian Harrison, Oxford University, editor in chief of Oxford DNB, to me 17 January 2002: ‘You’ve done a great deal for the New DNB, and all of us here appreciate it very much’.)

The Battle of the Boyne: a guidebook to the battlefield (Drogheda, 2006)

‘Thomas Phillips’ prospects of Ireland’ in Irish Arts Review (Spring 2007)

‘Schomberg, Ruvigny and Huguenot involvement in the Irish Jacobite War, 1689-91’ in Matthew Glozier & David Onnekink (eds) Huguenot Soldiering 1660-1815 (Ashgate, 2007)

The Huguenot military effort in Ireland 1689-91’ in Mathew Glozier & David Onnekink, Huguenot soldiering (Ashgate, 2008)

Royal Irish Academy dictionary of Irish biography (Cambridge U.P., 2009) five biographies, as follows:

Percy Kirke (1646-91)

Gustavus Hamilton (d. 1723)

Sir Charles Petrie (1895-1977)

Frederick Hermann, duke of Schomberg (1615-90)

Charles Chalmont, marquis de St Ruth (d. 1691)

(with Kate Bateman), The modern Irish art collection: Athlone IT (Athlone, 2011)

‘Defence’ in H.B. Clarke & Sarah Gearty (eds), Maps and texts: exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (RIA, 2013)

‘Athlone background’ in Brian Murphy, Mary O’Rourke & Noel Whelan (eds), Brian Lenihan in calm and crisis (Sallins, 2014)

(with Rolf Loeber) ‘Artillery fortifications’ in Architecture in Ireland 1600-2000), vol. iv (Yale, RIA, Paul Mellon Centre, 2014)

Clongownians of distinction: a guide to the Serpentine collection (Clane, 2015)

A short historical tour of Lough Ree (forthcoming Westmeath County Council, 2015)

‘Boating on Lough Ree’ in Harman Murtagh and Bernadette Cunningham (eds), Lough Ree: historic lakeland settlement (forthcoming Four Courts Press, 2015)

I have delivered numerous public, society and conference lectures

My current reserarch activity is directed towards completion of an on-going study of the Irish Jacobite army, 1689-91.

Undergraduate:

Company and commercial law

Irish studies

As a law lecturer, I attended regular company law and business law programmes at the Law Society and other venues.

As an Irish studies lecturer I have always attended historical conferences, especially the annual conference of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement.

My scholarly interests (as my publications indicate) are largely in the realms of settlement and military history, but I am also alert to current affairs, political science and art.

Member Law Society of Ireland, 1969 -

  • Biography

    Harman Murtagh is a native of Athlone.

    He was educated at Clongowes Wood College (LC 1962), TCD (BA mod. modern history and political science 1966; MA 1970; MLitt 1971), The Law Society of Ireland (solicitor 1969); University of Amsterdam (scholarship and International Diploma in European Integration 1971); NUIG (PhD 1986).

    His work experience is as a solicitor with McCann Fitzgerald Dublin 1969-70; as lecturer Athlone IT 1971; senior lecturer ditto 1991 and visiting fellow ditto 2009 - .

    Hon. curator AIT art collection 1975 - .

    Current president of the Military History Society of Ireland/Irish Commission for Military History and a vice-president of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement

    Historical advisor, Ulster Museum exhibition The battle of the Boyne (1990); National Museum of Ireland exhibition Soldiers and chiefs: the Irish at war at home and abroad (2009)

    Historical advisor and script-writer OPW Battle of the Boyne Project (2008); and Athlone Castle Project (2012)

    Member, Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Irish Battlefields Study Group

    Member County Westmeath Heritage Forum

  • Research & Consultancy

    PUBLICATIONS (since 2000)

    Athlone: history and society to 1800 (Athlone, 2000)

    (with Rolf Loeber & Joh n Cronin), ‘Prelude to confiscation: a survey of Catholic estates in Leinster in 1690’ in Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, vol. 131 (2001)

    ‘General Humbert’s futile campaign’. In Thomas Bartlett, David Dickson, Daire Keogh & Kevin Whelan (eds). The 1798 Bicentenary Conference proceedings (Dublin, 2003)

    ‘French military involvement in Ireland in the reign of Louis XIV’ in Sarah Alyn-Stacey (ed.) Culture and conflict in 17th-century France (Dublin, 2003)

    ‘Crossing the Shannon at Athlone’ in Journal of the Old Athlone Society, ii, no. 7 (2003)

    ‘Jacobite artillery 1689-91’ in The Irish Sword, xxiii, no. 94 (winter 2003)

    ‘Colonel Richard Grace (c. 1616-1691), defender of Athlone’ in Journal of the Old Athlone Society, ii, no. 8 (2005)

    Oxford University Press dictionary of national biography (Oxford UP, 2004) twenty-four biographies, as follows:

    John Higgins (1670-1729)

    Christopher Nugent (d. 1731)

    Thomas O’Gorman (1732-1809)

    Godert de Ginkel, first earl of Athlone (1630-1703)

    Gustavus Hamilton, Viscount Boyne (1639-1723)

    Thomas Nugent, fourth earl of Westmeath (1656-1752)

    William Wolseley (1640-1697)

    Richard Butler, earl of Arran (1639-1686)

    William O’Brien, second earl of Inchiquin (1638-1692)

    Richard Grace (1620-1691)

    Daniel O’Brien, third Viscount Clare (d.1690)

    Arthur Dillon (1670-1733)

    Charles O’Brien, sixth Viscount Clare (1689-1768)

    Henri Massue de Ruvigny, first earl of Galway (1648-1720)

    James O’Moran (1735–1794)

    Charles Wogan (d. 1754)

    Richard Hennessy

    Sir James Dillon (c. 1600-c. 1669)

    Maurice de Lacy (1740-1820)

    Ambrosio O’Higgins, marquis of Osorno (c. 1721-1801)

    Thomas Phillips (1635-1693)

    Francis Taaffe third earl of Carlingford (1639-1704)

    Maximilian Ulysses von Brown (1705-1757)

    Frederick Hermann, duke of Schomberg (1615-1690)

    (Professor Brian Harrison, Oxford University, editor in chief of Oxford DNB, to me 17 January 2002: ‘You’ve done a great deal for the New DNB, and all of us here appreciate it very much’.)

    The Battle of the Boyne: a guidebook to the battlefield (Drogheda, 2006)

    ‘Thomas Phillips’ prospects of Ireland’ in Irish Arts Review (Spring 2007)

    ‘Schomberg, Ruvigny and Huguenot involvement in the Irish Jacobite War, 1689-91’ in Matthew Glozier & David Onnekink (eds) Huguenot Soldiering 1660-1815 (Ashgate, 2007)

    The Huguenot military effort in Ireland 1689-91’ in Mathew Glozier & David Onnekink, Huguenot soldiering (Ashgate, 2008)

    Royal Irish Academy dictionary of Irish biography (Cambridge U.P., 2009) five biographies, as follows:

    Percy Kirke (1646-91)

    Gustavus Hamilton (d. 1723)

    Sir Charles Petrie (1895-1977)

    Frederick Hermann, duke of Schomberg (1615-90)

    Charles Chalmont, marquis de St Ruth (d. 1691)

    (with Kate Bateman), The modern Irish art collection: Athlone IT (Athlone, 2011)

    ‘Defence’ in H.B. Clarke & Sarah Gearty (eds), Maps and texts: exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (RIA, 2013)

    ‘Athlone background’ in Brian Murphy, Mary O’Rourke & Noel Whelan (eds), Brian Lenihan in calm and crisis (Sallins, 2014)

    (with Rolf Loeber) ‘Artillery fortifications’ in Architecture in Ireland 1600-2000), vol. iv (Yale, RIA, Paul Mellon Centre, 2014)

    Clongownians of distinction: a guide to the Serpentine collection (Clane, 2015)

    A short historical tour of Lough Ree (forthcoming Westmeath County Council, 2015)

    ‘Boating on Lough Ree’ in Harman Murtagh and Bernadette Cunningham (eds), Lough Ree: historic lakeland settlement (forthcoming Four Courts Press, 2015)

    I have delivered numerous public, society and conference lectures

    My current reserarch activity is directed towards completion of an on-going study of the Irish Jacobite army, 1689-91.

  • Teaching Experience

    Undergraduate:

    Company and commercial law

    Irish studies

  • Interests & Professional Development

    As a law lecturer, I attended regular company law and business law programmes at the Law Society and other venues.

    As an Irish studies lecturer I have always attended historical conferences, especially the annual conference of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement.

    My scholarly interests (as my publications indicate) are largely in the realms of settlement and military history, but I am also alert to current affairs, political science and art.

  • Membership of Academic/Professional Bodies

    Member Law Society of Ireland, 1969 -