About Dr Liam Chambers

Research Profile

Liam Chambers’ research interests include the political, social, cultural and religious history of eighteenth century Ireland. He is especially interested in the history of Irish migration to continental Europe in the early modern period, and the history of ideas. He is the author of two monographs: Rebellion in Kildare 1790-1803 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1998) and Michael Moore c.1639-1726: Provost of Trinity, Rector of Paris (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005).

He has published on various aspects of eighteenth century history in journals such as Eighteenth Century Ireland, Irish Economic and Social History, Archivium Hibernicum and History Ireland. He has also contributed essays to a number of edited collections and entries to biographical dictionaries, including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is currently working on a monograph, provisionally titled: The Irish Colleges in Paris, 1578-2000: Migration, Religion, Education, for which he was awarded an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Research Fellowship in 2005-2006.

Research Project

The Irish Colleges in Paris, 1578-2000: Migration, Religion, Education

Moving beyond the institutional focus of earlier historians, this history of the Irish Colleges in Paris analyses their significance for the development of Irish émigré communities in France, their impact on Irish Catholicism and their role as cultural interfaces mediating between Irish and continental European thought.

Postgraduate Student (under my supervision)

Ursula Callaghan, ‘The Development and Impact of Eighteenth Century Limerick Newspapers: A Social and Cultural History’ (Ph.D. thesis)



Michael Moore c.1639-1726: Provost of Trinity, Rector of Paris (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005)

Rebellion in Kildare 1790-1803 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1998).

Articles and Essays

‘Paul Cullen and the Irish College, Paris’ in Dáire Keogh and Albert McDonnell (eds), Paul Cullen and His World (Dublin: Four Courts Press), forthcoming.

‘Adapting Early Modern Ireland’ [Review Article] in Eighteenth Century Ireland, 24 (2009), pp 164-175.

Miracles and Medicine in the Late Seventeenth Century: Bernard Connor’s Evangelium Medici (1697)’ in Fiona Clark (ed.), Ireland and Medicine in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010), pp 53-72.

‘Irish Catholics and Aristotelian Scholastic Philosophy in Early Modern France, c.1600-c.1750’ in James McEvoy and Michael Dunne (eds), The Irish Contribution to European Scholastic Thought (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009), pp 312-30

‘Revolutionary and Refractory? The Irish Colleges in Paris and the French Revolution’ in Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (2008), pp 29-51. [A special edition titled: Gallic Connections: Irish & Scottish Encounters  with France; published 2009]

‘(with John Bergin) ‘The Library of Denis Molony (1650-1726), An Irish Catholic Lawyer in London’ in Analecta Hibernica, vol. 41 (2009), pp 83-132.

‘Une Seconde Patrie’: The Irish Colleges, Paris, in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries’ in Susanne Lachenicht and Kirsten Heinsohn (eds), Diaspora Identities: Exile, Nationalism and Cosmopoitanism in Past and Present (Frankfurt/New York: Campus/University of Chicago Press, 2009), pp  16-30.

‘Irish Fondations and Boursiers in Early Modern Paris, 1682-1793’ in Irish Economic and Social History, vol. 35 (2008), 1-22.

‘Patrick O’Kelly and the Interpretation of the 1798 Rebellion in County Kildare’ in William Nolan and Thomas McGrath (eds), Kildare History and Society (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2006), pp 439-459.

‘Rivalry and Reform in the Irish College, Paris, 1676-1775’, Thomas O’Connor and Mary Ann Lyons (eds), Irish Communities in Early Modern Europe (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006), pp 103-129.

‘Irish Catholics, French Cartesians: Irish Reactions to Cartesianism in France, 1671-1726’ in Eamon Maher and Grace Neville (eds) France-Ireland: Anatomy of a Relationship (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2004), pp 133-45.

‘The Library of an Irish Catholic Émigré: Michael Moore’s Bibliothèque, 1726’ in Archivium Hibernicum, vol. lviii (2004), pp 210-42.

‘The 1798 Rebellion in North Leinster’ in Thomas Bartlett, David Dickson, Daire Keogh and Kevin Whelan (eds), 1798: A Bicentenary Perspective (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003), pp 122-36.

‘“A More General and Rooted Spirit of Disaffection”: The 1803 Rebellion in Kildare’ in History Ireland, vol. 11, no. 3 (2003), pp 20-5.

‘“Knowledge and Piety”: Michael Moore’s Career at the University of Paris and Collège de France, 1701-20’ in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, vol. 17 (2002), pp 9-25.

‘A Displaced Intelligentsia: Aspects of Irish Catholic Thought in Ancien Régime France’ in Thomas O’Connor (ed.), The Irish in Europe 1580-1815 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001), pp 157-74.

‘The State Solicitor’s Report on the 1803 Rebellion in County Kildare’ in Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society, vol. xix (part 1) (2000-2001), pp 217-26.

‘Defying Descartes: Michael Moore (1639-1726) and Aristotelianism in Ireland and France’ in Michael Brown and Stephen Harrison (eds), The Medieval World and the Modern Mind (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000), pp 11-26.

‘John Esmonde c.1760-1798’, ‘George Lube’, ‘Laurence O’Connor’ in Seamus Cullen and Hermann Geissel (eds), Fugitive Warfare: 1798 in North Kildare (Clane: CRS Publications, 1998), pp 86-93, 101-4, 124-30.

‘The Defenders in Kildare: their origins, nature and United Irish links’ in Retrospect: Journal of the Irish History Students Association (1997), pp 4-12.