Nine Famous Irishmen

 

In Ireland in 1848 the following nine men were captured, tried and convicted of treason against Her  Majesty, the Queen, and were sentenced to death: John Mitchell, Morris Lyene, Pat Donahue, Thomas McGee, Charles Duffy, Thomas Meagher, Richard O'Gorman, Terrence McManus and Michael Ireland.

 

Before passing sentence, the judge asked if there was anything that anyone wished to say. Meagher, speaking for all said:

 

"My lord, this is our first offence but not our last. If you will be easy with us this once, we promise, on our word as gentlemen, to try to do better next time. And next time --- sure we won't be fools to get caught."

 

Thereupon the indignant judge sentenced them all to be hanged by the neck until dead and drawn and quartered. Passionate protest from all over the world forced Queen Victoria to commute the sentence to transportation for life to the far wilds of Australia.

 

In 1874, word reached the astounded Queen Victoria that Sir Charles Duffy, who had been elected Prime Minister of Australia was the same Charles Duffy who had been transported 25 years before. On the Queen's demand, the records of the rest of the transported men were revealed and this is what was uncovered:

 

Thomas Francis Meagher --- Governor of Montana

Terrence McManus --- Brigadier General, United States Army

Patrick Donahue --- Brigadier General, United States Army

Richard O'Gorman --- Governor General of Newfoundland

Morris Lyene --- Attorney General of Australia in which office

Michael Ireland succeeded him.

Thomas  D'arcy McGee --- Member of Parliament Montreal, Minister of Agriculture and President of Council Dominion of Canada

John Mitchell --- prominent New York politician, This man was the father of John Purroy Mitchell, Mayor of New York at the outbreak of World War 1.