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Sir Ralph Abercromby

(1734—1801) army officer


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(1734–1801), a highly regarded Scottish soldier, appointed commander-in-chief of the Irish army in October 1797. Horrified by what he found he issued a controversial general order (26 Feb. 1798) denouncing the indiscipline of the government forces. He was also attacked for his cautions approach to the disarming of the United Irish movement in Leinster and resigned in March, opening the way for the unrestrained military repression that preceded the insurrection of 1798.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.


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