James Kelly (historian)

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James Kelly MRIA (born 1959) is a professor of Irish history, specialising in the period 1700–1850, and is a prolific author, who also edits several learned journals.[1]

Kelly is a professor at St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin, which is affiliated to Dublin City University. He also edits for the Irish Manuscripts Commission[2] and for the Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy.


as author, co-author or principal editor:

  • Henry Flood Patriots and politics in eighteenth-century Ireland; Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1998.
  • History of the Catholic Diocese of Dublin; ed. with Dáire Keogh; Four Courts Press, 2000.
  • Gallows speeches from eighteenth-century Ireland; Four Courts, 2001.
  • Childhood and its discontents : the first Seamus Heaney lectures; ed. Joseph Dunne and James Kelly ; foreword by Seamus Heaney. Liffey Press, 2003.
  • The Irish Act of Union, 1800 : bicentennial essays; with Brown, Michael & Geoghegan, Patrick M.; Irish Academic Press, 2003.
  • Sir Edward Newenham, MP, 1734–1814 Defender of the Protestant constitution; Four Courts Press, 2003.
  • The Liberty and Ormond Boys : factional riots in eighteenth-century Dublin; Four Courts, 2005.
  • St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 1875–2000 A history; Four Courts, 2006. (as editor)
  • Poynings' Law and the Making of Law in Ireland 1660–1800 : Monitoring the Constitution; Four Courts Press in association with the Irish Legal History Society, 2007.
  • The Irish House of Lords; 1771–1800 in 3 vols., Irish Manuscripts Commission 2008.
  • Sir Richard Musgrave, 1746–1818 Ultra-protestant ideologue; Four Courts, 2009.
  • People, Politics and Power – Irish History from 1660–1850; as co-editor, University College Dublin Press, 2009.
  • Clubs and societies in eighteenth-century Ireland; ed. with Martyn J. Powell; Four Courts, 2010.

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