September 19th 1803 - Robert Emmet's Speech From The Dock – Irish Revolutionaries
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September 19th 1803 - Robert Emmet's Speech From The Dock

September 19th 1803 - Robert Emmet's Speech From The Dock

After the 1803 rebellion failed Emmet fled to the Wicklow mountains, but he wanted to move back to Dublin to be near his fiancee Sarah Curran.

Anne Devlin helped him move to Harold's Cross in Dublin under an assumed name, but he was arrested there on August 25th by Major Sirr and brought to Kilmainham Gaol to await his trial.

On September 19th Emmet was tried for treason, Dublin castle bribed Emmet's defence barrister Leonard McNally with £200 and a pension. McNally's assistant Peter Burrowes could not be bought and he pleaded the case as best he could.

Emmet was found guilty of treason but before he was sentenced Emmet delivered probably the most famous speech from the dock in Irish Revolutionary history which included the following sentence:

"When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then and not till then, let my epitaph be written".

After the speech, Chief Justice Lord Norbury sentenced Emmet to be hanged, drawn and quartered, to be carried out the next day.


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