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O'Neill, John (1778–1858), shoemaker and writer, was born in Waterford city, Ireland, on 8 January 1778, the second son of Thomas O'Neill (d. c.1810), a poor shoemaker, and his wife, Jane, née English (1756/7–c.1828). John O'Neill finished his formal schooling at the age of nine and was largely self-educated. He worked as a shoemaker in ...

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John O'Neill (1778–1858) by unknown engraver, c. 1842 © National Portrait Gallery, London