Charles Owen O'Conor

Portrait of O'Conor

Charles Owen O'Conor, O'Conor Don PC (Irish: Cathal Eóghan Ó Conchubhair Donn; 7 May 1838 30 June 1906),[1] was an Irish MP of the United Kingdom.


The eldest son of Denis O'Conor, Charles O'Conor was educated at Downside School in England and became a Liberal MP for Roscommon from March 1860 until defeated in 1880. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Wexford in 1883. He was appointed High Sheriff of Sligo for 1863 and High Sheriff of Roscommon for 1884.

The coat of arms of the O'Conor Don are, Argent an oak tree eradicated and adorned proper. For a crest, An arm embowed in armour holding a short sword entwined with a serpent all proper. As a Chief of the Name, the O'Conor Don is granted the privilege of bearing supporters in his armorial achievement.

He was also President of the Society for the Preserving the Irish Language, a precursor of the Gaelic League. He wrote a history of his family called "The O'Conors of Connacht".

He married twice; firstly Georgina Mary, the daughter of Thomas Perry, with whom he had four sons, and secondly Ellen Letitia, the daughter of John Lewis More O'Ferrall, of Co. Longford.


  1. John P. McCarthy, Ireland: A Reference Guide from the Renaissance to the Present, p. 379

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Fitzstephen French
Thomas William Goff
Member of Parliament for Roscommon
With: Fitzstephen French 1860–1873
Charles French 1873–1880
Succeeded by
Andrew Commins
James Joseph O'Kelly
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Kingston
Lord Lieutenant of Roscommon
Succeeded by
The O'Conor Don

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