Cornelius James Pelly
Pelly was the eldest son of Hyacinth Albert Pelly and Charity Maria Matthews of Heronsbrook, County Galway. His siblings were Hyacinth George, Cara Honoria, Evelyn Mary and Dolores. He was a descendant of Peter Pelly of Oghillymore, County Galway, who died in 1691. A later member of the family, Captain Peter Pelly, had served in the army of the Elector of Bavaria. He died in 1799 and was buried in Portumna Priory.
He joined Indian Civil Service in 1931, becoming a member of the Indian Political Service in 1927 and a member of Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service from 1947 to 1955. During this time he served as Political Agent in Bahrain (1947–1952) and Kuwait (1952–1955). From 1955 to 1956 he was in the service of Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah.
- Copy of confirmation of arms to Cornelius James Pelly, Political Officer at Sharjah Fort in Arabia, eldest son of Hyacinth Albert Pelly of City of Dublin and of a family out of Galway, Dec. 21, 1940.
- Bahrain at WorldStatesmen.org