Rebellion, Invasion and Occupation

The British Army in Ireland, 1793-1815

Wayne Stack

This book includes chapters and supporting tables, maps, illustrations, and appendices on the organization and effectiveness of the militia, yeomanry, fencibles and regular regiments during the 1798 United Irish Rebellion and the French invasion later the same year.
Date Published :
December 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
From Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
15 b/w ills, 9 color ills, 8pp color plates, 1 figure, 10 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781914059834
Pages : 202
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : Available


The history of Ireland is complex, and has been plagued with religious, political, and military influences that have created divisions within its population. Ireland’s experience throughout the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars highlighted and intensified such divisions that have influenced Irish society into the twenty-first century. Rebellion, Invasion and Occupation is an analysis of the British Army in Ireland during the period 1793 to 1815, which proved to be a critical era in British and Irish history. The consequences of the events and government policies of that time helped to determine the social and political divisions within Ireland for the following two centuries.

The intention of this book is to provide an analysis of the military history of Ireland during this time, focusing on the influences, experiences, and reputations of the various elements that comprised the Irish military forces. The militia, yeomanry, fencible, and regular regiments are assessed in relation to their intended purpose within Britain’s strategy. This work shows that Ireland became an important facet of the tactical and strategic thinking of both the French and British governments at this time, with Britain needing to defend the kingdom against any possible invasion to secure its own defense. This resulted in the British military occupation of a kingdom whose population had been polarized by civil rebellion, invasion, and renewed religious bigotry. A close examination of the military history of the kingdom during these crucial years provides a better understanding of how the Irish became, and remained, a socially and politically divided people, while being subjected to the political and military dominance of Britain.

About The Author

Wayne Stack is a historian and published author who specialises in British and New Zealand military history, as well as New Zealand social history. He was a frontline member of the New Zealand Police for 18 years before deciding on a career change to follow his lifelong passion for military history. He subsequently gained three post-graduate degrees in History from the University of Canterbury, including an MA with Distinction. He has conducted extensive research and written academic theses on the British Army in Ireland during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods, as well as combat leadership in the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces of the First and Second World Wars, and has had two books published concerning the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces in the world wars. In 2014 he was contracted by WingNut Films (Sir Peter Jackson) as a historian for the world-renowned Great War Exhibition in Wellington, New Zealand. He was also engaged as the theming historian by the New Zealand Rugby Union for the Under 20 Rugby World Cup competition in England in 2016. He is currently the historian for the Canterbury Regimental History Centre at Burnham Military Camp, Christchurch.


"A number of battles occurred during the 1798 rebellion and would make for interesting scenarios. The text pulls what it can from original documentation in terms of terrain and force details."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

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