Tomás Antonio O'Horan
(Diccionario Porrúa de historia, biografía y geografía
Tomás Antonio (1776-1848), public official in Mexico and
Guatemala, was born in present-day Guatemala, the first child of John
[Juan José] O'Horan and María Gertrudis de Argüello y Monte, of Campeche.
John O'Horan, son of John O'Horan (sen.) and Jane Ready,
was born in Aughane, Co. Cork, and resided in the Canary Islands
before heading to New Spain.
13 December 1817 Tomás A. O'Horan married
Gertrudis Escudero de la Rocha. Their eldest son, Tomás O´Horan y Escudero
(1819-1867), served as an officer against the second French invasion
of 1862, but was shot by the forces of Benito Juárez in 1867.
The seventh child, Agustín Jorge O'Horan y Escudero (1828-1884) graduated in
1853 from the medical school and practised in Mérida, Yucatán.
Between 1794 and
1799, Tomás Antonio O'Horan studied in the Seminario Conciliar
of Campeche, where he was later appointed professor of law. Then
he studied in San Ildefonso seminary at University of Mexico,
where he graduated in canonical law. In 1805 O'Horan was
appointed solicitor at the Royal Audience of Mexico. He served
as financial auditor and law counsellor. In Veracruz Tomás A.
O'Horan served as government counsellor, and he led the
company of police mounted lancers and a military force against
On 23 December
1816, O'Horan was appointed prosecutor at the Royal Audience of
Guatemala, succeeding Juan Ramón de Oses. His appointment was
confirmed by the king on 25 January 1817. He also acted as
elected prosecutor in Santa Fe and, in 1821, and as auditor in
Guatemala. In 1823-1824 Tomás A. O'Horan was a member of the
triumvirate that governed the United Provinces of Central
America. In 1835 he served in the Mexican senate representing
Yucatán and later as magistrate in Mérida. O'Horan died on 21
August 1848 in
his home province of Yucatán.
Porrúa de historia, biografía y geografía de México
(Mexico, 1986), Vol. 2, p. 2111.
Barbachano, Arturo. Biografía del Dr. Agustín Jorge O'Horán
Escudero (Mérida: Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, 2005).
I am thankful to professor Javier
Barrientos for the information.