Charles Hamilton Teeling, History of the Irish Rebellion of 1798: a personal narrative (Glasgow:Cameron, Ferguson & Co. n.d [1828]).

Title page: Charles Hamilton Teeling, History of the Irish Rebellion of 1798: a personal narrative [epigraph from Moore, ‘Rebellion! foul dishonouring word/Whose wrongful blight so oft has stained/The holiest cause that tongue or sword/Of mortal ever lost or gained-/How many a spirit born to bless/Has sunk beneath that withering name/whom but a day’s—an hour’ success/Had wafted to eternal fame.’ (Glasgow:Cameron, Ferguson & Co. n.d [1828]), ded. to my wife and children at whose request solely it has been undertaken … the only inheritance which the enemies of my country have left me to bequeath. Donogue Cottage 1828. 376pp. 20 chaps., proceeding through ‘national indignation at removal of Lord Fitzwilliam’, ‘arrests in Ulster’,’magisterial atrocity’, ‘French fleet at Bantry bay’, ‘view of the Irish system towards the close of the year 1797’, ‘Lord Edward’ [Chp. XII in toto], ‘Wexford campaign’, ‘Hill of Tara’, ‘effects of organised system on population of Ulster’ with ‘barbarous pastimes of the soldiery’, ‘Antrim and Down [and] Henry Joy McCracken’, actions at Saintfield, Portaferry, Ballynahinch, ‘total suppression of the United Irishmen in Ulster’. Adverse remarks on Lord Castlereagh, Judege Boyd and others; remarks on Henry Grattan, Lord O’Neill, Lord Carhampton, Secretary Cooke, Aylmer of Kildare, Lowry and Magenis [sic]. The first section, 1-156pp.

Bound with the former: a sequel to The History of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, &c. [complete with epigraph], pp.161-END.

Intro: ‘In ordr to disabuse the minds of those who conceive “that the wrongs of Ireland were exaggerated, or had they been of an extent and enormity represented [by him] a mild and beneficent Monarch would have interposed between the crimes of his Ministers and the suffering of the people.” I shall adduce such authorities as even the most fastidious must consider conclusive.’ The Appendix material to the first section is 1] Original Declaration of the United Irishmen 2] Resolutions of Northern Whig Club, 16 April 1790 3] The trial of Hugh Wollaghan for the murder of Thomas Dogherty (acquitted). The Appendix material to the second section is 1] William Orr, tried and executed for administering oath 2] Sir Edward Crosbie, tried and executed 3] Sheares Brothers, tried before Lord Carleton 4] Negotiation between Govt. and State Prisoners’ Samuel Neilson the ‘first mover in this negotiation’ intended to ‘put a stop to further carnage [after] an insurrection which failed’. The ensuing text of this appendix is a ‘powerful document’ from the pen of Arthur O’Connor, a prisoner, reporting that on 24th July Mr Dobbs and the Sherriff entered with a written paper, signed by 70 state prisoners, purposing to give information of arms &c., provided the lives of Bond and Byrne were spared, O’Connor refusing to sign. The whole document is addressed to Castlereagh ‘sated with blood’. He ends, ‘Convince me that you are guiltless, that I am in error, and I will do you justice [&c.] signed Arthur O’Connor, prison 4 Jan 1799 [END]

‘In their revolting system of hypocrisy and oppression, the independence of the Irish legislature was the uniform defence of the Ministers, for the acquiescence of the crown in the violation of the rights of the subject; while the most unconstitutional measurs were exercised, with a shameless effrontery under the fallacious pretext of veneration of constitutional privileges.’ [165]

Ftn on p.187 reads: ‘The laws which had been enacted in this country two or three years back, had been of so severe and arbitrary a cast, as to have rendered the constitution almost a name. But the manner in which those laws had been executed was still more severe than the laws themselves … In severity of legislation, they had exceeded any nation in europe; but in severity of execution they had exceeded even the severity of that legislation’ (Extract from speech of Mr Tighe in the Irish House of Commons).

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