Chapter

The first wave, November 1798–June 1799

James G. Patterson

in In the Wake of the Great Rebellion

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780719076930
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700822 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076930.003.0003
The first wave, November 1798–June 1799

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This chapter describes the first wave of United Irish movement (November 1798–June 1799). On 19 November rebels burned the house of James Coleman near Doagh in south Antrim. Another band disarmed three Scottish soldiers who were travelling on the road from Ballymena to Derry on 8 December. At Tullyard in the north Down parish of Drumbo, rebels shot and wounded a weaver named Antwistle while he sat at his loom on the night of the 17 December. This politically motivated crime was the result of Antwistle having given testimony against a United Irishman, who was hanged at Lisburn. At Ballymena rebels, cut the hamstrings of John Forsythe, a private in the first Royal Regiment of Foot, on the evening of Sunday, 30 December. The level of rebel activity was substantially lower in Down than in Antrim. Yet arms raids did occur and the northern part of the county was particularly troubled.

Keywords: first wave; United Irish movement; James Coleman; Doagh; Tullyard

Chapter.  12211 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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