Richard O'Brien

Brief Life History of Richard

When Richard O'Brien was born in 1762, in Middleton, County Cork, Ireland, his father, John O'Brien, was 22 and his mother, Ellen Purcell, was 17. He died after 1842, in his hometown.

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John O'Brien
Ellen Purcell
Richard O'Brien
John O'Brien
Richard O'Brien

Sources (2)

  • 1842 Catholic Census for Midleton Parish, Co. Cork
  • 1824 Pigot's Directory description of Midleton

World Events (3)


Battle of Antrim.


The Young Ireland rebellion of 1798 failed.


The Night of the BIG WIND. In Killarney and its neighborhood there was a terrible hurricane. The town sustained much damage and many houses were shattered.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Irish Brendan, Dermot, Liam, Brigid, Declan, Donovan, John Patrick, Kieran, Colm, Donal, Brennan, Caitlin.

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Briain ‘descendant of Brian’, a personal name probably based on the element bre- ‘hill’, with the transferred sense ‘eminence’, i.e. ‘exalted one’. See also Bryan . In Ireland there has also been some confusion with O'Byrne (see Byrne ).

History: This name is borne in particular by one of the greatest of Irish septs, descendants of Brian Boru, who rose to the high kingship of Ireland in 1002.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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