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Allen, John (d. 1855), Irish nationalist and army officer, was a native of Dublin, where he was also for some time a partner in a drapery business. His participation in the United Irish movement brought him the unwanted attention of the authorities and he left ...

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Brennan, Michael [Mícheál] (1896–1986), Irish revolutionary and general, was born on 2 February 1896 at Gortgarraun, near Meelick, co. Clare, the youngest of three rebel sons of Patrick Brennan, a tenant farmer (1865–1901), and Mary (1862/3–1939), daughter of Michael Clancy from Rathurd, co. Limerick...

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Byrne, Miles (1780–1862), Irish revolutionary and officer in the French army, was born on 20 March 1780 at Monaseed on the borders between co. Wexford and co. Wicklow, the son of Patrick Byrne (d. 1796), a farmer, and Mary Graham. His family were Catholic petty gentry in a region that was marked by sectarian tensions. ...

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Devereux, John (1778–1860), United Irishman and army officer in the Colombian service, was born in Taghmon, co. Wexford, Ireland, the son of William Devereux and his wife, Mary. As a young man he served in the Wexford militia and was involved in the rebellion of the ...

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Fairman, William Blennerhasset (fl. 1798–1837), army officer and Orangeman, was probably born in south-east England in the mid-1770s, and had family ties with the Netherlands. In July 1798 he unsuccessfully sought a commission in the Cambridgeshire militia, but he was recruited elsewhere and after the resumption of war with ...

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Lord Edward Fitzgerald (1763–1798) by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, c. 1796–8 National Gallery of Ireland

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Fitzgerald, Lord Edward (1763–1798), Irish nationalist and army officer, was born on 15 October 1763 in London, the twelfth of nineteen children of James Fitzgerald, first duke of Leinster (1722–1773), and his wife, Emily Mary (1731–1814) [see Fitzgerald, Emilia Mary, duchess of Leinster...

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Keugh, Mathew (c. 1744–1798), army officer and Irish nationalist, was born in co. Wexford. A loyalist acquaintance, Charles Jackson, claimed that Keugh was a drummer in the 33rd regiment during the American war. More certain is that Keugh rose from the ranks and was gazetted as an ensign in the ...

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MacBride, John (1868–1916), Irish revolutionary and officer in the Irish brigade of the Boer army, was born on 7 May 1868 in The Quay, Westport, co. Mayo, Ireland, the youngest of five sons of Patrick MacBride, a shopkeeper and importer, and his wife, ...

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Thomas Francis Meagher (1823–1867) by George Mulvany National Gallery of Ireland

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Meagher, Thomas Francis (1823–1867), Irish nationalist and soldier, was born in the city of Waterford, at what is now the Granville Hotel, Meagher Quay, on 3 August 1823. Little is known of his mother apart from the fact that she was a member of the ...

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Murray, Andrew (d. 1297), patriot and soldier, came of a family, originally Flemish, which had settled in the province of Moray about the middle of the twelfth century. His father, Andrew Murray, was the lord of Petty, near Inverness, and of Avoch, in the ...

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Sir George Lloyd Reily Richardson (1847–1931) by Gregory & Co, 1896 The Print Collector / Heritage Images

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Richardson, Sir George Lloyd Reily (1847–1931), army officer and commander of the Ulster Volunteer Force, was born in Bengal, India, on 20 September 1847, the eldest son of Major-General Joseph Fletcher Richardson (1822–1900) and his wife, Mary Hannah (1828/9–1908), daughter of James Reily...