Born in Ireland and trained in law, Feargus O’Connor became the most charismatic leader of Chartism. He founded the influential newspaper ‘The Northern Star’, the National Charter Association and the National Land Company.
Feargus Edward O’Connor after unknown artist NPG D5386. Copyright National Portrait Gallery, London.
One of a set of five images of leading Chartists chosen by the historian Dorothy Thompson, in whose memory they are published.
Dorothy Katharine Gane Thompson. Historian. 1923 -2011.
Dorothy was an immensely influential historian of Chartism, the first mass working class movement. She was helping us with images of Chartism at the time of her untimely death. When asked to name her favourite five Chartists she replied, in no particular order; Feargus O’Connor, John Frost, Ernest Jones, William Cuffay and James ‘Bronterre’ O’Brien.
Our thanks to Kate Thompson for the photograph of Dorothy.
Dorothy and E.P. Thompson
A memorial lecture is held in Worcester. Contact details are:
Dorothy and E.P. Thompson Remembered
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