By Stuart Reid
A beautiful exploration of a mythical second in Irish historical past. In 1798 with the British military preoccupied in struggling with 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 was once neither a Catholic nor a Protestant uprising, yet fairly a joint attempt via leaders and insurgents from each side of the neighborhood. The Irish uprising (1798) was directed opposed to the corrupt executive dependent at Dublin fortress and was once encouraged partially through the people's revolutions in the USA and France. This identify illuminates the lives of the Irish peasants, armed in general with pikes, who faced the small variety of British troops established of their state.
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D2: Private, Fraser Fencibles Raised in direct competition with the Reays, the Frasers should have been equally splendidly uniformed when they took the field against the French at Castlebar, for when first recruited they had the black velvet facings so often associated with Inverness-shire regiments, and were to wear ‘the usual highland garb with belted plaids, and philbegs [kilts] of Fraser tartan but without broadswords’. Exactly what was understood at this time to be the Fraser tartan is uncertain, but of little consequence, since it appears that the normal order of dress was the grey linen trousers depicted here.
He drew up his four companies of infantry in a single line, placed half his cavalry on either flank, and then, calling the Yeomanry officers together, ‘informed them he had no orders to give, except to lead on their divisions with courage to the action’. As the soldiers advanced up the long grassy slope, the rebels ‘put their hats on their pikes, the entire length of the line, and gave three cheers’. com In the virtual absence of reliable images from life of the Irish rebels, a probably more useful illustrator of everyday clothing among the working classes – and one whose work is more nearly contemporary to the ’98 – was William Pyne (1769–1843).
Lord Edward Fitzgerald had apparently intended to wear a specially made hussar-style suit in bottle-green, but the majority were old uniforms from Volunteer days. The green coat depicted here – which survives – is associated with Henry Joy McCracken, but generally red or blue coats predominated. For example, a party of United Irishmen who invaded Baltinglas in search of arms shortly before the rebellion were reported to Officer of the 16th Foot in Surinam, 1804, after William Loftie. This sketch is chiefly interesting in depicting the single-breasted 1797-pattern jacket supposedly phased out in 1798 (see Plate E1).