History Scrapbooks - Clippings from the Rebellion of 1798
- This isn't specifically about the 1798 rebellion- it is about the Act of
Union in 1800 - however it has some newspapers which cover those years priot
to 1800 eg Londonderry Journal 1797.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Cathy Joynt Labath" <labaths@...>
> To: "Ireland List" <ireland-l@...>; "oldnews ireland"
> Sent: Saturday, July 09, 2005 12:12 PM
> Subject: [IrelandOldNews] History Scrapbooks - Clippings from the
> Rebellion of 1798
>> Today I am starting a new feature at "Ireland Old News". Since I like
>> scrapbooking and I also love old newspapers the two will kind of go hand
>> in hand
>> and so be called "History Scrapbooks". Hopefully I will tell the story
>> of some
>> major historical events in Ireland through various old newspaper
>> clippings. The
>> first one that I will be presenting will be the Rebellion of 1798. For
>> the next
>> couple of weeks I will periodically post newspaper items relating to the
>> rebellion of 1798. If anybody else has any items to offer up on the 1798
>> Rebellion I would certainly be interested in seeing those posted also!
>> And so..let the story begin...
>> History Scrapbooks - "Rebellion of 1798"
>> The Gazette of the United States
>> May 12, 1798
>> Extract of a letter from a gentleman in New York, who arrived from
>> Ireland in
>> the Chesapeake.
>> "While we were at Cork, a conspiracy was discovered of great
>> magnitude, Lord
>> Edward Fitzgerald, counsellors M'Neil , Ewett and Sampson, &c. were found
>> in the
>> act of sitting as the DIRECTORY OF IRELAND, with all the commissions for
>> Navy and Army signed and disposed of, but a week before St. Patrick's
>> day, the
>> day fixed on for a general massacre. Fitzgerald and Sampson escaped,
>> through one
>> side of the coach, while the officers were entering at the other. They
>> however, it is not doubted, be apprehended. The others were secured.
>> further had transpired when we came off."
>> The above intended business of massacre, is called in the Aurora of
>> morning, "a general rising of the people."
>> Greenleaf's New York Journal and Patriotic Register
>> May 19, 1798
>> Extract from the Freeman's Journal of the 13th instant.
>> "Yesterday at eleven o'clock, one of his majesty's messengers,
>> attended by a
>> civil and military power, proceeded to the house of Mr. Oliver Bond, in
>> Bridge-street, upon an information which had been received by Government,
>> the Provincial Committee of the United Irishmen of Leinster were to
>> there for the purpose of treason.
>> "A committee of fourteen delegates were found sitting, and immediately
>> into custody; and many material papers, containing proofs of a serious
>> were found upon them. Mr. Bond was not in the room of the meeting, but
>> affecting him are said to have been found in his pocket. We have not yet
>> received a list of the delegates, nor any particulars of their
>> "At the same time we understand, Dr. M'Nevin was apprehended at his
>> near the Four Courts; and Counsellor Emmett in Stephen's green, John
>> Sweetman in
>> Francis street, and Henry Jackson and Son in Church street. Warrants are
>> said to have been issued for apprehending Richard M'Cormick, Counsellor
>> and Lord Edward Fitzgerald. Lord Edward Fitzgerald. Lord Edward was
>> missed by
>> the person who had the warrant against him, tho' he appeared in many
>> parts of
>> the town - the others are not discovered.
>> "The murder of Mr. Buckley, a gentleman residing in the neighbourhood
>> Naas, adds one more to the horrid ********ations which disgrace this
>> The above information is confirmed by private letters, except in the
>> instance of Counsellor Emmet, who has fled; and so has Counsellor Sampson
>> Lord Edward Fitzgerald.
>> The following extract of a private letter gives some further
>> "We have been in great dismay and consternation during the last 24
>> Yesterday a party of military searched Leinster house for Lord Edward
>> Fitzgerald, who had been walking in the streets at his cafe only a short
>> before; but the search was in vain as he made his escape. While the
>> were searching Leinster house, Oliver Bond, and 16 others, were taken up
>> as they
>> were sitting in council and were conducted under a strong guard to the
>> As the lord chancellor was returning from thence to his carriage, which
>> was in
>> the street, the mob outside who were numerous, closed round him so as to
>> his passing, on which one of the attendants requested him to step into a
>> till the crowd was dispersed. This he refused to do, and putting his
>> hands into
>> his pockets, he drew out a pistol from each and holding them in his
>> declared that he would shoot the man that obstructed his passage. On this
>> mob gave way, and opened to the right and left, leaving him room to pass
>> to his
>> carriage which he did without further obstruction. About five o'clock his
>> lordship walked through the streets alone, shewing a preference of mind
>> and a
>> degree of courage which has always characterized him.
>> "Every day brings further accounts of new murders; and the report has
>> very general here that St. Patrick's day was marked for the destruction
>> of the
>> well affected, and of every person immediately connected with government.
>> yeomanry corps had charge of this city, while the regulars were in search
>> of the
>> conspirators. But several persons have escaped, and it is feared that
>> papers that would have thrown a light on the subject have been destroyed.
>> who are taken up have also been lodged some at Kilmainham gaol, and
>> others at
>> the Custom-house.
>> "I am happy to say that Sir Henry Mannix, who was reported to be dead,
>> recovered and likely to do well.
>> "It is said that lord Fitzgerald escaped by jumping out of a window,
>> that he was seen to take the road to Manawar; but it is not thought that
>> he can
>> escape from the kingdom."
>> On the receipt of the above advices, a council was summoned at lord
>> Grenville's office, which sat four hour in the evenings; and yesterday
>> when the
>> service of the chapel royal was over a council of the cabinet ministers
>> was held
>> on the affairs of Ireland, at which the duke of Portland, earls of
>> Spencer, and Westmoreland, the lord Chancellor and Mr. Windham attended.
>> deliberations (which had been previously discussed the preceding night at
>> Grenville's office) continued about 20 minutes, after which the duke of
>> and lord Chancellor had a conference with the king till four o'clock;
>> and in
>> the evening Mr. Hyde the messenger, was sent back to Dublin Castle, with
>> to use all possible expedition.
>> The following circumstances relative to the news from Ireland are sent
>> to us
>> by a correspondent.
>> The advices are of a very serious and alarming nature, and contain an
>> account of the discovery of a most horrid plot to sacrifice the kingdom
>> to the
>> views of the French republic.
>> "In consequence of the evidence which has been produced from papers
>> found in
>> the possession of the person now in custody in this country, by which
>> were also
>> implicated many persons in Ireland, government thought it adviseable to
>> their apprehension.
>> Warrants were accordingly issued, and the house of Mr. Bond searched,
>> sixteen persons were apprehended and their papers seized. Lord Edward
>> was in the house at the time, but there being no warrant for his
>> he could not then be taken into custody, and therefore escaped.
>> The papers seized are said to be of a most treasonable nature, no less
>> to give up the country to the French.- The day fixed upon was Saturday
>> last, the
>> anniversary of St. Patrick, which being kept as a festival, it was
>> imagined that
>> advantage could be taken of the inebriety of the people; and an attempt
>> was made
>> to seize all the principal officers of the government.
>> It was expected that the French would have a force ready to co-operate
>> the Irish rebels, and thus decided the revolution by a coup de mein.
>> Mr. Pyle and Mr. Major arrived in town yesterday morning from Ireland,
>> further dispatches. Lord Edward Fitzgerald had not been taken when they
>> It was last night currently reported that the kingdom of Ireland was
>> under martial law.
>> (to be continued)
>> Cathy Joynt Labath
>> Ireland Old News
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