The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 4: Irish Nationalist Press Reports
Irish Nationalist Press Reports
IRELAND had its own separate administration in the mid-nineteenth century, based in Dublin Castle. However, this was mainly staffed by English or Anglo-Irish officials, and Irish legislators sat in the British Parliament in London. There were a large number of Irishmen, both Catholic and Protestant, serving in the British Army throughout the world, including in India itself. Within Ireland, the nineteenth century saw a number of failed ‘Risings’ against British rule, and nationalist commentators naturally drew parallels between the rebellious sepoys and Irish nationalist militants. Irish nationalists, who wanted to create an Irish Republic, greeted the Indian Uprising with undisguised delight. Longing to see British India destroyed or, at least, crippled, they hoped for the uprising's success. ...