Henry Joy McCracken
 

 

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Henry Joy McCracken  1767-1798

Born in Belfast. He and his brother were the first United Irishmen to be imprisoned in Kilmainham Jail. He was released in 1797 and went back to Belfast to organise a Rising in the north. In June 1798 he led a force to attack Antrim town. The United Irishmen lost but inflicted many causalities. McCracken escaped but was later captured in Carrickfergus and brought to Belfast where he was tried and executed in Cornmarket. He was originally buried in the Episcopal Church in High Street and when this graveyard was cleared away, his bones were placed in a coffin and stayed in the house of Francis Joseph Bigger for seven years before being placed in the grave beside his sister. He is buried in Belfast.