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Lot 676A/7025

Estimate: €1500-2000

Leader of The United Irishmen in Wexford
1798: Harvey (Bagenal)
A legal document, printed with manuscript insertions, concerning a debt of £3,869-6-2d, owed by Henry Bruen of Oakpark, Co. Carlow, to Martha Harvey of Bargey Castle, Co. Wexford, dated 16 July 1794; with endorsement signed B.B. Harvey dated 22 February 1796, acknowledging receipt of £2119-19-11d, from Robert French, executor of Henry Bruen, in full settlement there of, the bond countersigned by Robert Cornwall, Henry Bruen, etc. As a m/ss., w.a.f.
* Beauchamp Bagenal Harvey of Bargey Castle was a barrister and a substantial Wexford landowner. He supported Catholic Emancipation, and in 1793 he presided at United Irishmen meetings in Dublin. When the Rising of 1798 began, the Wexford insurgents chose him as their Commander-in-Chief, a post he accepted with some reluctance. he issued orders prohibiting plunder and other excesses. After the defeat at New Ross he was deposed from his command, and was arrested, court-martialled and hanged on Wexford Bridge on 26 June, 1798.
Authentic documents with his signature are extremely rare. (1)

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