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Title: The French invasion of Ireland in ’98. Leaves of unwritten history that tell of an heroic endeavor and a lost opportunity to throw off England’s yoke
Year: 1890 (1890s)
Authors: Gribayèdoff, Valerian
Subjects: Ireland — History Rebellion of 1798 France — History, Military
Publisher: New York, C. P. Somerby
Contributing Library: Columbia University Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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shing a plausible pretext to the Romanistsfor distrust and hostility toward their Protestantbrethren in general. Orange lodges for the avowedpurpose of stirring up strife were being started inConnaught, and the bishop was opposing themwith might and main. On this very day he wasbusied in entering a protest, in his primary visita-tion charge, against the first sentence of the oathby which Orangemen are banded together, viz. : Iam not a Roman Catholic. To his broad and lib-eral mind such a sentiment had too pharisaical aring. It sounded too much like: Stand off, I amholier than thou ! Greatly pleased were the reverend gentlemanand his guests—clergymen from the vicinity—atthe news brought by the fishermen. A Britishfleet in the bay meant an end to all danger fromthe French. It meant an end to the condition ofsuspense into which the Protestant population hadbeen thrown by the persistent rumors from allsides. Even among the servants in the bishops 1 Narrative of What Passed at Killala.
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2 T3 V- 5 OF IRELAND IN g8. 29 household the belief had been firm that somethingunusual was impending. A Protestant servant-maid, married to a Catholic, suspected of affiliationwith the rebels, had circulated the report, and Mr.William Kirkwood, the local magistrate, had in sofar credited it as to keep under arms, as a precau-tionary measure, the entire body of yeomanry un-der his command, together with the Prince ofWales Fencibles under Lieutenant Sills—number-ing about fifty men, say the loyalist writers, butnumbering many more, say other authorities.1 Impelled by a desire to pay their respects to theofficers of the squadron—possibly also to extendthe hospitalities of the castle—the bishops twosons, Edwin and Arthur Stock, ran down to thewharf and jumped into a fishing boat. Here theywere joined by the port surveyor, Mr. James Rut-ledge, and a few minutes later the three were skim-ming over the placid surface of the bay on theirway to the men-of-war. It was nearly threeoclock,
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