Robert Emmet 1778-1803
Robert Emmet was born, and died, at
Robert's brother was Thomas Emmet,
member of the Society of United Irishmen and one of its
In 1796, while at Trinity College, Emmet
also joined the United Irishmen.
For Irish independence, Robert Emmet led his fellow men
well-organized, well-armed, and with French support — against the
English in the Uprising of 1803, which started on July 23,
But the rebellion wasn't timed very
well. As a matter of fact, its premature beginning was due to an
accidental explosion at Emmet's ammunition depots in Dublin.
As a consequence, the rebels were
confused, Emmet didn't get the necessary support, and
the revolt was abortive.
Shortly thereafter, on August 25, 1803, Emmet
was captured. On September 19, 1803, he was tried, pronounced
guilty, and asked what he had to say upon receiving his verdict.
Emmet's reply became known as his
Speech from the Dock.
On September 20,
1803, Robert Emmet was executed.
Who was Sarah Curran?
Sarah Curran was Robert Emmet's fiancée.
She was born in 1782. Her father was John Philpot Curran, a
lawyer, who kicked her out when he heard about her secret engagement
Sarah Curran died in 1808.