The Irish surname Quigley is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Coigligh meaning “descendant of Coigleach,” a name apparently representing a simplified form of coigealach meaning “like a distaff or an untidy person.” This was originally found in county Mayo in the west of Ireland but today is most numerous in counties Sligo and Donegal. The Quigley’s have produced a number of worthy name-holders, amongst them Father James O'Coigley of Armagh, who was nearly executed by the French Revolutionaries during the period of 1789 - 1796, when the church was banned in France. He escaped, only to be caught supporting the would be French Invasion of Ireland in 1798. This time he was not so lucky, being executed in county Cork.
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