‌Dr John Bergin‌

Dr John Bergin is a historian whose principal research interests are two, often interrelated, themes of the ‘long eighteenth century’: Irish Catholics, and the complex and contested procedures by which Irish legislation was enacted.

His recent publications include an edition (with Andrew Lyall) of The acts of James II’s Irish parliament of 1689 (Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin, 2016), and ‘Irish Catholics and their networks in eighteenth-century London’, in David O’Shaughnessy (ed.), Networks of aspiration: The London Irish in the long eighteenth century, Special Issue of Eighteenth-Century Life, vol. 39, no. 1 (January 2015) [available on Project MUSE].

He is engaged in extensive archival research on Irish Catholics in London, their economic and social significance and their political activism on behalf of their co-religionists in Ireland, which included many successful interventions to have proposed anti-Catholic legislation moderated or abandoned entirely.

He is interested in Irish Catholic participation in the ‘financial revolution’ in early eighteenth-century London and in the East India Companies of England and of Ostend. His research has recently extended to communities of Irish Catholics on the continent, and he is investigating the role of London as a hub for mercantile networks connecting Ireland with ports on Europe’s western seaboard and in the Canary Islands.

Contact: johnwmbergin@gmail.com