1798 Rebellion, Claimants and Surrender

The uprising of 1798 and the 1916 rebellion are the two most significant revolutionary developments to have taken place in the history of Ireland over the last two hundred years or so. There is a wealth of recorded detail with many lists pertaining to the Easter Rising but not so many when it comes to documenting the insurrection of 1798. This CD goes some way towards correcting this by documenting many of the insurgents and their neighbours and adversaries using some of the remaining sources available.

The upheaval was a watershed in Irish history and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 people were killed during the uprising and as many wounded or maimed.

This CD brings together the few remaining sources and compiler Ian Cantwell has used them to good effect.

In total there are 8,000 names listed in this publication – those who took up arms and those who made claims for damage to their property. The surnames are listed alphabetically and by county and the place names by county and townland also alphabetically in each county. In all there are 20 counties covered although in many cases the lists are short as it was mainly in the East and South East of the country that the major encounters took place. The counties listed are: – Antrim, Clare, Cork, Down, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Kings’ ( Offaly), Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Meath, Queens (Laois ), Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow. The researcher can search by Surname or by county under each of the headings.

In the Introduction there is a heading “Analysis “ with three sub-headings i.e. “A, analysis of compensation “,“ B, “ Analysis of Coolock (Co. Dublin) Surrenders “ and C, “Analysis of Dublin Surrenders“

In the Coolock section there is an interesting list showing the frequency of recurring family names among those who surrendered. This should make interesting reading for researchers with similar names and who are searching for more detail of ancestor’s involvement. In “placenames “ or surrender points, surprisingly most were recorded at Howth with Baldoyle and Malahide coming in very close behind.

Under the heading of “Black humour of the Rebellion” there are a number of very amusing anecdotes culled from local publications of the time and which add in a taste of the cultural and social climate of the day.

The prime source of the information is from two volumes from the National Library entitled “ Ireland list of persons who have suffered loss of property 1798” Published 1800.

Other material came from “ The journals of the House of Commons Ireland, 1796 – 1800”

This CD is of fairly limited interest to researchers but will be of assistance to any who have direct knowledge of their ancestor’s participation during this period of upheaval.

The CD costs Euro 29.90