Robert Emmet

(1778—1803) Irish nationalist

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Irish patriot. Emmet, a middle‐class protestant republican, came to prominence after the failure of the 1798 rising. He was influential in reactivating the United Irish movement in 1799, and in 1801 journeyed to Paris in order to revive French support. After March 1803 Emmet and other United Irish veterans began to prepare a second revolt. This occurred in a haphazard fashion on 23 July in Dublin, and was swiftly suppressed. Emmet escaped into the Dublin mountains, but was captured in August, and tried for treason. He readily accepted his guilt, was convicted, and hanged.

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