1798 Irish Rebellion

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Murder of George Crawford and his granddaughter

George Crawford

"had formerly served in the 5th Dragoons, retired on a pension, and was a permanent sergeant in Captain Taylor's corp of yeomen cavalry. He, his wife, and granddaughter, were stopped by a party of rebels, as they were endeavoring to escape, and were reproached with the appellation of heretics, because they wer eof the Protestant religion. One of them struck his wife with a musket, and another gave her a stab of a pike in the back, with an intent to murder her. Her husband, having endeavored to save her, was knocked down, and received several blows of a firelock, which disabled him from making his escape. While they were disputing whether they should kill, them, his wife stole behind a hedge, and concealed herself. They then massacred her husband with pikes; and her granddaughter, having thrown herself on his body to protect him, received so many wounds that she instantly expired."

History of the Irish Rebellion in 1798 by W. H. Maxwell, 1868

The granddaughter was reported to be only fourteen years old. The dog also fought valiantly until it too was killed with the pikes.

Notice how most of the Irishmen have very coarse monkey-like features. T

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Stoppage of the Mail and Murder of Lieut. Giffard

"The second murder occurred on the same night. About eleven o'clock, the Limerick mail was stopped by a numerous banditti— and a gentleman was slaughtered under circumstances which elicited a lively sympathy."

History of the Irish Rebellion in 1798 by W. H. Maxwell, 1868

The gentleman in question was Lieutenant William Giffard of the 82nd regiment. The "banditti" shot one of the horses so the coach could not proceed. They demanded of Giffard his religion, which was Protestant. Then they demanded him to change his allegiance and lead a rebel attack the next morning at Monastereven. Upon receiving his refusal to defect they "assaulted him". He endeavored to make his escape, vaulting over a six foot wall and making his way across a field toward a house.

"Alas! it afforded no refuge! it was the house of poor Crawford, whom, with his granddaughter, they had just piked. A band of Barbarians, returning from this exploit, met Lieutenant Giffard—there he fell, covered with wounds and with glory; and his mangled body was thrown into the same ditch with the honest Crawford and his innocent grandchild. Thus expired, at the age of seventeen, a gallant youth."

History of the Irish Rebellion in 1798 by W. H. Maxwell, 1868

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The Arrest of Lord Edward Fitzgerald

History of the Irish Rebellion in 1798 by W. H. Maxwell, 1868

See Lord Edward FitzGerald

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