Edward Vaughan Kenealy

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Edward Vaughan Kenealy
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Portrait from Memoirs of Edward Vaughan Kenealy, LL. D. (1909)

Born Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy
2 July 1819(1819-07-02)
Cork, Munster, Ireland
Died 16 April 1880 (60)
Hove, East Sussex, England
Burial Saint Helen's Churchyard, Hangleton, England
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin (LL.B., 1846; LL.D., 1850)
Affiliations Magna Charta Association (1874)

Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy (July 2, 1819 - April 16, 1880) was an Irish barrister, author, poet, and religious visionary, described as the Twelfth Messenger of God and hailed as the Imaum Mahidi by his follower C. W. Hillyear.


Tichborne Case

In his legal career, Kenealy became best-known for his involvement in the Tichborne Case (1873-74), during which he served as counsel to a man, identified as Arthur Orton, who claimed to be Sir Roger Tichborne, achieving great notoriety for his confrontational style, which saw him mount routine attacks on witnesses and the judges, a pattern of behaviour that ultimately led to his being disbenched and disbarred in the aftermath of the trial. Despite being ostracised by his professional peers, Kenealy achieved a measure of public celebrity from the trial, which prompted him to run for a seat in the British Parliament in a 1875 by-election for the Stoke-upon-Trent borough, a race that he won handily; however, Kenealy failed to secure support for his political causes, including a motion to launch a government inquiry into the Tichborne Trial, and subsequently lost his re-election bid in 1880 as public interest in the case dwindled.

Selected Bibliography

  • Kenealy, Edward (1845), Brallaghan, or The Deipnosophists, London: E. Churton 
  • Kenealy, Edward (1850), Goethe: a New Pantomime, London: Printed by Levey, Robinson, and Franklyn 
  • Kenealy, Edward Vaughan (1863), A New Pantomime, London: Reeves and Turner 
  • Kenealy, Edward Vaughan (1864), Poems and Translations, London: Reeves and Turner 
  • Edward Wortley Montagu, An Autobiography, I-III, London: T. Cautley Newby, 1869 
  • Kenealy, Edward Vaughan (1875), The Poetical Works of Edward Vaughan Kenealy, First, London: Englishman Office 
  • Kenealy, Edward Vaughan (1878), The Poetical Works of Edward Vaughan Kenealy, Second, London: Englishman Office 
  • Kenealy, Edward Vaughan (1879), The Poetical Works of Edward Vaughan Kenealy, Third, London: Englishman Office 
  • The Trial At Bar of Sir Roger C. D. Tichborne: Bart., In the Court of Queen's Bench At Westminster, Before Lord Chief Justice Cockburn, Mr. Justice Mellor, & Mr. Justice Lush, for Perjury, Commencing Wednesday, April 23, 1873, And Ending Saturday, February 28, 1874. To Which Is Prefixed a Biographical Sketch of the Defendant. Dedicated to Her Majesty the Queen., I-VIII, 1875-1880 

The Apocalypse and the Messengers of God