Andrew Kettle (1833-1916)

[otherwise A. J. Kettle;] b. Swords, Co. Dublin; ed. locally; farmer, involved with Tenant League; supported Michael Davitt; presided at first meting of national Land League, Oct. 1879; nominated by Parnell but defeated by clerical opposition in elections of April 1880; proposed that ‘the whole Irish party should rise and leave the House, and cross to Ireland and carry on a No-Rent campaign’, 1881;
he was imprisoned in Naas and Mountjoy; added his name to those of Parnell, Michael Davitt, Thomas Sexton, and Patrick Egan on the No Rent Manifesto (18 Oct. 1881); released through ill-health, 1881; retired from politics after Kilmainham Treaty; supported Parnell in the Split; wrote an autobiography published as The Memoirs of Andrew J. Kettle (1958); he was the father of Thomas Kettle. DIH


Spouting: The story of his chairing a political meeting on a wagonette which gave way, throwing the chairman off, is narrated in Sir Dunbar Plunket Barton, Timothy Healy: Memories and Anecdotes (Dublin: Talbot Press; London: Faber & Faber [1933]), p.39-40. It includes a heckler's remark, ‘Go down, Kettle, your spout is broken’, and Tim Healy's ironic vote of thanks to to him for his ‘dignified conduct in the chair’.

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