extract is taken from the article "Two Gaelic Manuscripts
from Fermanagh in 1798" which appears in the publication:
Fermanagh and 1798, published by Tempo Historical Society, Lecture
Series p. 66. Edited by Séamas Mac Annaidh.
In 1798 there were winners and
losers. Galbraith Lowry Corry of Florence Court who studied the
art of war at Stuttgart university and received his first
war-wound at the hands of the croppies of Vinegar Hill in County
Wexford was one of the winners and today stands high above
Enniskillen, the figure on Cole's Monument. For the next fifty
years and more death notices in the local papers recorded the
names of many of those who served in the armed forces and the
parts they played -
of the oldest veteran in Fermanagh. On Good Friday March 29 at
Pubble near Tempo, Mr. John West, senior, in the 102nd year of his
age. During the Rebellion in 1798 he served under the Marquis of
Cornwallis when the French landed at Killala' (Impartial
Reporter 18 April 1861).
at Drumond on Sunday 1st inst., Mr. Charles Williams, aged 94
years. He retained his mental faculties until his death and was
able to walk the fields the day previous. He was the last of the
old Lisbellaw corps of Yeomen, and was present at the Battle of
Ballinamuck in the year '98 when the French landed in Ireland.' (Impartial
Reporter 5 November 1863).
what of those Fermanagh people who were on the losing side? When
William Henry Hamilton, son of Johnston Hamilton, an Enniskillen
solicitor, died in 1825, a colonel in the army of Colombia in
South America no mention was made in his death notice in the Enniskillen
Chronicle and Erne Packet (20 April 1826) of the leading roles
he had played in the events not only of 1798 but of Emmet's Rising
of 1803 as well. So much history remains hidden and we must train
our eyes to be ready to catch the flickering glimpses that
occasionally dart forth as we turn the pages.
"Fermanagh in 1798"
Tempo Historical Society
Dooneen Community Education Centre
Extract from article by Séamas Mac Annaidh