John Bergin took his Ph.D. for a thesis on ‘Irish legislative procedure after the Williamite revolution: the operation of Poynings’ Law, 1692–1705’ at University College, Dublin, in 2006.
He was an Editorial Assistant (2000–4) for the Royal Irish Academy’s forthcoming Dictionary of Irish Biography, to which he contributed over 100 entries. He was subsequently a Research Fellow on two research projects in Queen’s University, Belfast: the Irish Legislation Project (2004–7; funded by a major grant from the Leverhulme Trust), and an investigation of the Irish Catholic lobby in the 18th century (2007; funded by a small research grant from the British Academy).
His research interests include 18th century Irish legislation and the responses of lobby groups, particularly those representing Catholics, Quakers and Presbyterians. He has given a number of papers about the little-known activities and affiliations of an Irish Catholic elite in England in the 18th century.
He is preparing an edition of The minute-book of the Quaker lobbying committee, 1703–1797 to be published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission. Another document, edited jointly with Dr Liam Chambers, ‘The library of Dennis Molony (1650–1726), an Irish Catholic lawyer in London’ will appear in Analecta Hibernica, no. 41.