(1780–1862), United Irishman. The son of a Co. Wexford farmer and middleman, whose family remained highly conscious of their status as displaced gentry, Byrne fought in the insurrection of 1798 and took a prominent part in Robert Emmet's conspiracy (1803). Escaping to France, he served in the Irish Legion, lost favour after the fall of Napoleon, but was recalled in 1828, serving in support of the Greek revolt against Turkish rule. His vivid Memoirs appeared posthumously in 1863.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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