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Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763-98). "Born in Dublin, educated at Trinity College Dublin and the Middle Temple. Strongly influenced by French revolutionary ideas, he helped to form the Society of United Irishmen in 1791 and agitated for the Catholic Relief Act (1793). Though a Presbyterian, he became assistant secretary of the Catholic Committee in 1792. He was exiled to America and to France.

In December 1796 he led an army from France, and again in September 1798, to Lough Swilly. He was captured at Buncrana and was tried before a court martial. He was convicted of high treason, but committed suicide before he could be hanged." (Thomas, Colin: Historical Dictionary of Ireland. Lanham, London: Scarecrow Pr., 1997)


wolfe1.jpgTone, Theobald Wolfe
Life of Theobald Wolfe Tone...Written by Himself, and continued by His Son...

Washington, D.C.: Gales & Seaton, 1826.

In addition to Tone's journal, this edition contains many appendices with Tone's political writings, selections from correspondence between United Irishmen, data on the Catholic Committee, and accounts of his last expedition by his son, William Theobald Wolfe Tone (1791-1828). Portrait of Theobald Wolfe Tone. Copied in miniature from a portrait of General Tone by his daughter in law Katherine Sampson Tone. Engraved by Wm. Harrison, Georgetown, D.C.


wolfe2.jpgBigger, Francis Joseph.
William Orr

Dublin: Maunsel, 1906

"The Wake of William Orr" was a popular revolutionary song. "Remember William Orr" became a watchword during the insurrection.


wolfe3.jpgWalker's Hibernian Magazine:
or, Compendium for Entertaining
Dublin: Walker, 1786-1811

Continues: The Hibernian Magazine. 1771-1785.





Other Titles in the Display


MacNeven, William James. Pieces of Irish History: Illustrative of the Condition of the Catholics of Ireland, of the Origin and Progress of the Political System of the United Irishmen, and of their Transactions with the Anglo-Irish Government

[New-York : Published by William James MacNeven : Printed for Bernard Dornin ..., 1807]

William James MacNeven (1763-1841), a practicing physician in Dublin, took a leading role in the United Irishmen's plan for a rebellion. Thomas Addis Emmet (1764-1827), a lawyer, was one of the principal United Irishmen. Following the failed 1798 rebellion the two men agreed to give information to the Secret Committees. After three years imprisonment they were liberated and joined the United Irish Brigade in France. Both emigrated to the United States in 1804.

Madden, Richard Robert. The United Irishmen, their Lives and Times.

[Vol.1. London: Madden, 1843]

Mrs. Tone and her sons Theobald Wolfe and Matthew.

Madden, Richard Robert. The United Irishmen, their Lives and Times.

[Vol.2. London: Madden, 1843.]

James Napper Tandy (1740-1803). First elected secretary of the Society of United Irishmen in Dublin.

Teeling, Charles Hamilton. Personal narrative of the Irish rebellion of 1798.

[London : Henry Colburn, 1828]

Charles Hamilton Teeling (1778-1850) and his brother Bartholomew (1774-1798) were United Irishmen. While Bartholomew suffered execution for his participation in the French invasion of Connacht, Charles survived to record the experience in this narrative.

This book "throws much light on the state of feeling among Roman Catholics of Ulster prior to the Rebellion, and upon the later stages of the United Irish movement, as well as upon the laterstages of the actual insurrection." (Dictionary of National Biography)

Tone, Theobald Wolfe. The Autobiography of Theobald Wolfe Tone, 1763-1798. Edited with an Introduction by R. Barry o"Brien

[Vol.1. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1893]

Wolfe Tone in the Delaware Valley.