By Stuart Reid
A gorgeous exploration of a mythical second in Irish historical past. In 1798 with the British military preoccupied in battling France within the Caribbean and Mediterranean in addition to guarding Southeast England from threatened invasion, a co-ordinated rebellion broke out around the water in eire. Uniquely this used to be neither a Catholic nor a Protestant uprising, yet relatively a joint attempt by means of leaders and insurgents from either side of the group. The Irish uprising (1798) was directed opposed to the corrupt govt established at Dublin citadel and used to be encouraged partly through the people's revolutions in the USA and France. This identify illuminates the lives of the Irish peasants, armed commonly with pikes, who faced the small variety of British troops dependent of their kingdom.
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However, as French practice was normally to embark only the second battalion of any regiment selected for such hazardous adventures, this would have given Hoche no more than 6,000 infantry, besides whatever cavalry and artillery could be found. This was clearly going to be inadequate, and he soon set about looking for more. A Légion Irlandaise had rather hopefully been formed (see Plate A3), but never amounted to anything; so one of Hoche’s subordinates, Gen Joseph Humbert, was given the job of creating the Légion des Francs (‘Independent Legion’) by first skimming 20 men from each battalion in the Armée du Nord.
This particular pattern appears to have been a common one; more familiarly shown in a contemporary print of a soldier of the East Yorkshire Militia, it also appears being worn by a company of soldiers in a contemporary illustration supposedly depicting Lake’s victory at Vinegar Hill (though other figures are evidently based on contemporary images of the Footguards light companies, and the Irish insurgents are all depicted wearing French uniforms). The coat is the old swallow-tailed pattern, with tufted shoulder straps worn above the flank-company wings.
Note the side-buttoned ankle boots. execution; the most of which had been presented as tributes of regard and affection and as incentives to heroic deeds, by females whose breasts beat as high in patriotic ardour as those of their husbands, their sweethearts and their brothers…. 46 Both men have captured weapons and accoutrements. ’ Another of Pyne’s tradesmen, again showing a cut of clothing relevant to Plates F and G; here he illustrates a bill-poster with a glue can, short apron and long brush.
Armies of the Irish Rebellion 1798 (Men-at-Arms) by Stuart Reid