Tag Archives: 18th century

Ireland’s Wars: The Volunteers

Militia service in Ireland already had a long enough history prior to the end of the 18th century. Every time that Britain was involved in trouble overseas, or when Jacobite rebellions reared their heads, local landlords and nobles in Ireland could … Continue reading

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Ireland’s War: Peep O’ Day Boys, Defenders And The Diamond

The rise of agrarian based secret societies in Ireland, for the purpose of providing a viable resistance to the increasingly disputed rule of landlords, was becoming a dominating aspect of the 18th century, with the Whiteboys in Munster and the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Whiteboys And Hearts Of Oak

While the Wild Geese were tramping up and down European battlefields, and Irish regiments in the British Army were going as far afield as the North American colonies, life continued in Ireland, where the Protestant Ascendency, thanks to the Penal … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish Brigade Of Spain

Last week, I discussed the origins of the most famous foreign military unit of Irish immigrants in the 18th century, the French Irish Brigade, that first came into being in the aftermath of the War of the Two Kings, and then … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Long Peace Of The 18th Century

The War of the Two Kings came to an end in 1691. With a few short-term exceptions, Ireland would not have another sustained bout of political violence for over a century. This time has been dubbed, by academics like Ian … Continue reading

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