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Jacobite Jail-Breakers, Jail-Birds: The Irish Fugitive and Prisoner in the Early Modern Period

Ó Ciardha, Éamonn (2013) Jacobite Jail-Breakers, Jail-Birds: The Irish Fugitive and Prisoner in the Early Modern Period. Immigrants and Minorities, 2013 . pp. 1-27. [Journal article]

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DOI: DOI: 10.1080/02619288.2013.83123


he fugitive and prisoner have played a prominent role in Irish history, literature and politics. It is no surprise, therefore, that he should be inexorably linked with Jacobitism (Irish support for the exile Stuart dynasty), the ideology which sustained Irish national identity between the Battle of the Boyne (1690) and the French Revolution (1789) and the cause which precipitated substantial, sustained migration from Ireland during the course of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This article will explore the chequered, colourful careers of five prominent Irish Jacobites of various ‘ethnic’ (Gaelic Irish, Old English and New English), confessional (Catholic and Protestant) and professional (aristocrat, clergyman and solider) origins, whose trials, tribulations, incarcerations and escapes bear testimony to the flexibility, geographical mobility and longevity of the Jacobite ideology in Ireland and among the Irish diaspora in Europe. In addition, their sustained traffic with Ireland, England and continental Europe show the crucial role which the Irish diaspora played in Jacobite politics and the extent to which they retained a practical affection for their exiled king, homeland and persecuted peers in Ireland.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Irish Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:27435
Deposited By: Dr Eamonn O Ciardha
Deposited On:15 Oct 2013 08:20
Last Modified:15 Oct 2013 08:20

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