Robert Emmet
 

 

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Robert Emmet 1778-1803

Born in Dublin. Planned a rebellion along with Thomas Russell who was to lead the uprising in Ulster. On his way to Dublin Castle his troop came across the carriage of the Lord Chief Justice Lord Kilwarden whom they killed. But the Castle gates were closed against him and the rising soon crushed. Instead of fleeing to France Emmet stayed behind, possibly because of his feelings for Sarah Curran. He was betrayed and hung outside St Catherineís Church, Thomas Street. His speech from the dock is best known for the following "Let no man write my epitaph. Let my memory be left in oblivion and my tomb remain uninscribed until other times and other men can do justice to my character. When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not until then, let my epitaph be written".

After his execution his head was sold by the hangman. It is said his body was buried at Bullyís Acre and later smuggled away. It  may have been taken to the Trevor vault in St. Paulís church in North King Street as a headless body of a young man was discovered there in 1887. Trevor was governor of Kilmainham jail when Emmet was imprisoned there.

The photograph at the top is of the execution block and the other photograph is of the statue by Jerome Connor in St Stephens Green, Dublin.