Federal Gazette & Baltimore Daily Advertiser
August 31, 1798
Particulars relative to the county of Wicklow, extracted from a letter of major
Hardy to lord Castlereagh, dated Wicklow, June 4.
The troops in this county have behaved uncommonly well, especially the
yeomen of this town. The Shillelagh troops also acquitted themselves nobly in
beating back the Wexford rebels. Our yeomen have been now fifteen days on hard
duty, and the last ten nights constantly up; their hour of rest, from three or
four in the morning till ten or eleven. The rebels are numerous in our woods and
mountains; but from the great exertions made to get up the arms before the
rebellion broke out, and the unremitting assiduity exerted since to prevent any
falling into their hands, they have been prevented from acting with the same
effect as their associates in Wexford. There have been five engagements at
different times in this county, and I do believe we have killed above 700
DUBLIN, June 8
(From a private letter.)
The battle of Ross lasted upwards of six hours, during which time the women
supplied the rebels with whisky, and kept them in a state of perpetual
There have been five engagements in Wicklow wherein numbers of the rebels
have fallen. But Wexford is still in their possession nor can we attempt to
reduce it until more troops arrive.
At Rathangan eighteen gentlemen who had armed themselves to resist the
rebels, were put to death in the presence of their wives and children.
I am sorry to add, that the Sugar-Loaf hills, (beautiful hills which are
seen on entering the Bay of Dublin, and bear the shape of a cone) in Wicklow,
were last night covered with armed rebels.
The Derries, the country lodge of counsellor Johnson, member for
Hillsborough has been reduced to ashes by the rebels.
Extract of a private letter. Dublin, June 9.
"I am under much anxiety about the north. I am given to understand that the
Antrim affair was occasioned by the Roman catholics only - and if so, I think
all will be well yet, and I hope soon; but should the republicans be up (i.e.
the presbyterians) also, I shall tremble for the event. Lord O'Neil was, I
understand, severely, if not mortally wounded. It is also reported that lord
Kingsborough was taken by the rebels going in a boat from Wicklow to Wexford -
and if so, I think his life is not worth a pin. I hope to have better news for
you against Monday.
"The trial of the prisoners is to be put off, on account of the disturbed
state of the country.
"Persons of rank, or at least above the vulgar, are taken up every day. To
mention names you know would be useless. Dick Dillon, perhaps, you recollected;
he is a wholesale linen-draper of fortune.
"Since writing the above, I hear that the rebels in the county of Wexford
have been again defeated. I hope it is true; but I have my doubts, as lord M. is
now with the army, and I think would have acquainted me."
Another letter - same date.
"We have had another battle in Wexford county, in which we were successful;
but we much fear rebellion will not be so easily got the better of as government
Extract of a private letter,
Dublin, June 9.
"Since the engagement at Ross, the army has not been able to advance, owing
to the multitude of rebels that fill the county of Wexford, and I much fear they
are better provided with arms, &c. than government are aware of. Several of my
friends have been cut off, and it is difficult to say what the event may be."
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News