About me



Areas of expertise

Early-modern Irish history, early-modern warfare, battlefield archaeology, defence heritage archaeology

Member Details

Full Name

James O'Neill (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



The Nine Years War, 1593-1603: O'Neill, Mountjoy and the Military Revolution (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2017)

Book Chapters

"Their skill and practise therin far exceeding their wonted usage": the Irish military revolution, 1593-1603, in Eve Campbell, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick and Audrey Horning (eds), Becoming and belonging in Ireland 1299-1600 AD: Essays in identity and Cultural Practice (Cork, 2018), pp 293-312.

The Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits, 7 August 1594, in Claire Foley and Ronan McHugh, An archaeological survey of County Fermanagh,vol. 1, part 2 (2014), pp 913-21.

Investigations at the site of the Battle of the Yellow Ford, in Emily Murray and Paul Logue (eds), Battles, boats and bones: archaeological discoveries in Northern Ireland 1987-2008 (Belfast, 2010), pp 94-7.

The battlefield archaeology of the Yellow Ford, in Audrey Horning and Nick Brannon (eds), Ireland and Britain in the Atlantic world (Bray, 2009), pp 7-30.

An introduction to firearms in post-medieval Ireland: 1500-1700, in Audrey Horning, Ruairi O'Baoill, Colm Donnelly and Paul Logue (eds), The post-medieval archaeology of Ireland 1550-1850 (2007), pp 467-84.

Peer Reviewed Journals

Like sheep to the shambles? Slaughter and surrender during Tyrone's Rebellion, 1593-1603, The Irish Sword, Vol. XXXI, no. 128 (2018), pp 366-80.

Maurice Kyffin's advice on training infantry in Ireland, October 1597, The Irish Sword, Vol. XXXI, No. 125 (2018), pp 248-54.

The cockpit of Ulster: war along the River Blackwater, 1593-1603, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, vol. 72 (2013-4), pp 184-99.

A kingdom near lost: English military recovery in Ireland, 1600-3, British Journal of Military History, vol. 3, no. 1 (2016), pp 26-47.

Maguire's revolt but Tyrone's war: proxy war in Fermanagh 1593-4, Seanchas Ard Mhacha, vol. 26, no. 1 (2016), pp 43-68.

Three sieges and two massacres : Enniskillen at the outbreak of the Nine Years War, 1593-5, The Irish Sword, vol. 30, no. 121 (2016), pp 241-9.

Other Journals

Beaches, fields and landing grounds: defence heritage on the Derry coastline, Archaeology Ireland, vol. 32, no. 1 (2018), pp 39-43.
Breaking the heart of Tyrone’s rebellion? A reassessment of Mountjoy’s first campaigns in Ulster, May-November 1600, Duiche Neill, Journal of the O'Neill Country Historical Society, no. 24 (2017), pp 18-37.

The archaeology of Armageddon: Cold War monuments in Northern Ireland, Archaeology Ireland, vol. 30, no. 4 (2016), pp 10-13.

The balloon goes up in Ulster: taking the Blackwater Fort, Ireland's Military Story, no. 2 (2016), pp 53-6.

Death in the lakelands: Tyrone's proxy war 1593-4, History Ireland, vol 23, no. 2 (2015), pp14-17.

Half-moons and villainous works: Irish fieldworks and the Nine Years War, 1593-1603, Archaeology Ireland, vol 28, no. 4 (2014), pp 12-15.

A fine line: musings on history, archaeology and the Nine Years War, 1593-1603, Irish Post-medieval Archaeology Group Newsletter, 2017, pp 6-8

Electronic Publications

Binevenagh Coast and Lowlands Defence Heritage Audit (for proposed Landscape Partnership Scheme) by Quarto and Ulidia Heritage Servcices dor Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (2017)

A survey of Toome and Cluntoe Airfields for Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership (2018)

A review of the Hill of O'Neill exhibit and tour script, for Ranfurly House (2017)


Review for History Ireland: THE ‘MERE’ IRISH AND THE COLONISATION OF ULSTER, 1570-1641. By Gerard Farrell. Pp 331, Palgrave MacMillan, 2017

Review for IHS: Surviving Kinsale: Irish emigration and identity formation in early modern Spain, 1601-40. By Ciaran O'Scea. Pp 264. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 2015. IHS. vol 40, no. 158 (2016), pp 289-90
Review for IHS: The Irish in the Spanish armies in the seventeenth century. By Eduardo de Mesa. Pp 260. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press. 2014. IHS, vol. 39, no. 156 (2015), pp 695-6.