The Australian newspaper The Courier featured an interesting article recently of the visit of the descendants of Peter Lalor to Ballarat, Victoria to pay tribute to their ancestor at the statue of Lalor in the town. It spoke of Margot Coogan’s, a descendant of Lalor’s, emotional trip to Australia to find out more about the Australian patriot from Ireland who led the Eureka Stockade. Peter emigrated to Australia in 1852. He led the miner’s uprising at Ballarat, wounding his arm in the process which was later amputated. He was later elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly.
Although we could find little records of Peter in our records as he moved to Australia relatively early, there is plenty of records on the rest of the, just as revolutionary, Lalor family.
Peter’s father Patrick was the first Catholic MP for Laois (then Queen’s County) since the reign of James II. He was instrumental in the abolishment of the Tithe System during his time as an MP. Below we can a record from the Dublin Almanac and General Register of Ireland 1835 which shows Mr. Lalor as the Representative of Queen’s County, residing at 33 Brewer Street, London and in Tennakill, Abbeyleix.
Peter’s older brother James Fintan was an Irish revolutionary and leading member of the Irish Confederation who played an active part in the July 1848 Rebellion and the attempted Rising in September 1848. He was also a founding member of the charitable Shamrock Friendly Society. However James’s political fortunes were to take a turn for the worse when he began to vehemently oppose Parnell’s policies and those of the Repeal Association. However, James is still regarded as one Ireland’s most powerful patriotic writers, his work exerting an influence on the likes of Michael Davitt, James Connolly, Padraig Pearse and Arthur Griffith. Below we can see his prison record from Nenagh Prison after his arrest for “High treason”:
If you have any more info on the Lalors or any connection to them we’d love to hear!
My 2x great grandmother was Mary Lalor, born 1836 in Kylebeg House, Borris in Ossory, Laois. Her father was Joseph Lalor 1794-1867 and his father was John 1760-1827. John was born at Kylebeg House and there is still a connection to the home.
I have not connected to James Fintan lalor or Peter but do have an extensive Lalor tree.
I am up to a second draft of a little book on the Lalors of Tenakill. Patt Lalor MP’s cousins included General Joseph O’Lawlor (who moved to Spain and was ADC to the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon), and Alice ‘Mother Teresa’ Lalor who founded the Visitation sisters in the US. From the Spanish records we have five generations of Joseph’s ancestors (and we know he was a cousin of Patt), but am still trying to work out who was a first cousin and who was a second cousin. Over 600 Lalors in our tree so far and still counting - it is a fascinating family!
Was the mother of General Joseph O’Lalor called Betty (Elizabeth) Brennan and his father Peter Lalor? I’ve found so many Lalor’s and I’m totally confused at this stage…
General Joseph O’Lawlor was born in Clonaheen Co Laois in 1768, parents Peter Lalor and Betty Brennan. This is confirmed by his Spanish military records. There is a chapter on him in my book “The Lalors of Laois” which I have recently published on CD following its launch at the Lalor Clan Gathering in July in Abbeyleix. I have lodged a copy in the National Library of Ireland and the Laois County Library. There is an excellent portrait of Joseph O’Lawlor by the famous Spanish court painter Vicente Lopez y Portana, and also one of his daughter Dionisia, later the Duchess of Vistahermosa.
Peter Lalor had a brother William who emigrated to the U.S. William was my great-great grandfather. I am most interested in your work.
Great to hear from another descendant of the Lalors of Laois, and of Tenakill in particular. I was a contributor for John Cherry’s research, and now live in Utah.