(by Leon Pallière, in Félix Luna 2000)
figure of scandal, was the youngest daughter
of Adolfo O'Gorman and
his wife, Joaquina Ximénez Pinto (d.1852). Adolfo
O'Gorman was the second son of Thomas O'Gorman and Anne
Perichon de Vandeuil (b.1744), both born at the French
colony of Mauritius. Thomas O'Gorman was related to Dr.
Michael O'Gorman (1749-1819) of Ennis, Co. Clare,
physician of the Spanish viceroyalty of the River Plate
and founder of its school of medicine.
O'Gorman grew up in the bosom of a traditional family, during
the rule of Buenos Aires governor Juan Manuel de Rosas. In 1847,
she met the Catholic priest Uladislao Gutiérrez, of Tucumán,
who was assisting the parish priest at Socorro church of Buenos
12 December 1847 O'Gorman and Gutiérrez
eloped on horseback and found refuge
in Corrientes province. Eight months later they were betrayed
by Fr. Michael Gannon
and brought back to Buenos Aires. Among others, Fr. Anthony
Fahy and lawyer Dalmacio Vélez Sarsfield "demanded an
exemplary punishment of the wayward daughter that was
also giving the industrious and well-regarded [Irish]
community a bad name" (Julianello 2000). They were
executed by a firing squad on 18 August 1848 in Santos Lugares,
near Buenos Aires. Camila O'Gorman was twenty years old and was eight-months pregnant.
Bemberg, María Luisa, Camila (Buenos Aires, 1984),
film with Susú Pecoraro, Imanol Arias
and Héctor Alterio (1 hour 45 minutes). Nominated by the Academy
Award for Best Foreign Film in 1985.
Coghlan, Eduardo A., Los Irlandeses en Argentina: su
Actuación y Descendencia (Buenos Aires, 1987), 420.
- Julianello, Maria Teresa, The
Scarlet Trinity: The Doomed Struggle of Camila O'Gorman
against Family, Church and State in 19th-Century Buenos
Aires (Cork: Irish Centre for Migration Studies,
- Luna, Félix
(ed.), Camila O'Gorman (Buenos Aires: Planeta,