The activist Robert Emmet died at the age of 25. Here is all you want to know and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Leader of the 1803 Irish rebellion who became a martyred hero after his execution.
His uprising turned into a riot that even he couldn’t control.
After he was sentenced to death for his part in the rebellion, he said in a speech that he wanted his gravestone to be blank until Ireland was is its own country.
When hiding out from the English government, he risked his life to be next to his sweetheart, Sarah Curran.
His poetic words inspired many future writers, including Washington Irving.
How did Robert Emmet die?
Chief Justice Lord Norbury sentenced Emmet to be hanged, drawn and quartered, as was customary for conviction of treason. The following day, 20 September, Emmet was executed in Thomas Street in front of St. Catherine’s. He was hanged and then beheaded once dead.
"Let no man write my epitaph... When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then shall my character be vindicated, then may my epitaph be written."Robert Emmet
"Let there be no inscription upon my tomb; let no man write my epitaph: no man can write my epitaph."Robert Emmet
"I have much to say why my reputation should be rescued from the load of false accusation and calumny which has been heaped upon it."Robert Emmet
"A man in my situation, my lords, has not only to encounter the difficulties of fortune. and the force of power over minds which it has corrupted or subjugated. but the difficulties of established prejudice: the man dies, but his memory lives."Robert Emmet