Identity Statement for Thomas Francis Meagher
- Reference code: IE UCDA P18/1-2
- Title: Papers of Thomas Francis Meagher (1823–1867)
- Dates: 1848
- Level of description: Item
- Extent: 22pp
Born in Waterford, Meagher was educated at Clongowes Wood and later trained as a barrister. He quickly entered political life and was a founder-member of the Irish Confederation. A fervent nationalist, who believed in an armed uprising, Meagher was arrested after a failed rising in 1848 and sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted and he was sent to Van Dieman's land (Tasmania) to serve a life sentence. In 1852, he escaped his island prison and fled to America where he became a journalist and lecturer. During the American Civil War, he organised the Irish Brigade to fight for the North and became a brigadier-general.
Evidence given by constables John Doran and Robert Alfred stationed at Rathkeale, County Limerick, before George Goold JP, in support of the case against Thomas Francis Meagher for treason; copy indictment in the same case.