(1763 – 6 December 1799) was an Irish
statesman and rebel leader.
From Ashbrook, near Straide
, Co. Mayo
, John Moore was the son of a prosperous merchant, George Moore
. He was educated at the Catholic school of Douai
, and at the University of Paris
under the assumed name of "Bellew". On his return to Ireland
he studied for the bar
but seems to have shown little interest in his studies.
Appointment as President
At the time of the Irish Rebellion of 1798
a force of 1,000 French soldiers under General Humbert
landed at Killala
. Moore joined the French as did a considerable number of his tenants. After the Battle of Castlebar
which took place on 27 August 1798, General Humbert, on 31 August 1798, issued the following decree, which inter alia
appointed John Moore as the President of the Government of the Province of Connaught:Army Of IrelandLiberty, EqualityHead quarters at Castlebar, 14th Fructidor, sixth Year of the French Republic, One and Indivisible.General Humbert, Commander in Chief of the Army of Ireland, desirous of organizing with the least possible delay, an administrative power for the Province of Connaught, decrees as follows:1. The Government of the Province of Connaught shall reside at Castlebar till further orders.2. The......