County Kildare
1798 History Trail

A Chronology of the Rebellion in County Kildare
(The principal engagements in the Rebellion in Ireland in 1798 are included in brackets)

Morning of 24th

Nine loyalists under John Jefferies, a yeoman sergeant, repulsed an attack by rebels under James Murphy on Narraghmore Courthouse. They then proceeded to Jefferies home but were driven out when the rebels set it on fire. Jefferies escaped but three others were killed and six taken prisoner by the rebels who had rallied under Daniel Walsh.


Colonel Campbell of Athy ordered Major Montresor with a detachment of Suffolk Fencibles to Narraghmore (through Glassealy) but they arrived too late. Campbell marched to Mullaghmast.


The Suffolk Fencibles marched out of Ballitore. Nine men were left to secure the baggage. Lieutenant Eadie and 23 privates of the Tyrone Militia marched out of Ballitore to join their company at Calverstown. An attempted ambush was thwarted and a party of rebels routed. Rebels begin to occupy the town.

Kildare Town 2.00 p.m.

General Wilford ordered his troops out of the town of Kildare, to go first to Kilcullen and then to Naas. Their baggage and rebel arms that had been recovered were lodged in the guard-house. He ordered Captain Winter and his troops (small parties of the Suffolk Fencibles and the 9th Dragoons) out of Monasterevin. Orders were left to burn the baggage etc but they ended up in rebel hands.

c. 3.00 p.m.

The bell was sounded in Kildare Town to rouse the United Irishmen. By nightfall there would be 2,000 rebels under Roger McGarry in the town.

Ballitore c. 3.00 p.m.

Rebels appeared on the bridge at Ballitore but were turned back by Dr. Johnson. A little later around 300 rebels under Malachi Delaney (on a white horse) possess the town. Some of the Suffolk Fencibles left to protect the baggage were killed. Richard Yeates a young yeomanry lieutenant was killed. Ballitore was fortified by the rebels.

Glassealy, Narraghmore and Red Gap Hill

Major Montrose had reached Glassealy but the rebels under Captain Paddy Dowling and Terry Toole fled. Montresor made it to Narraghmore but was too late and pushed on to Red Gap Hill. He was joined by Captain Rudd (30 men) and Lieutenant Eadie. They were attacked by around 3,000 rebels. Seven of the Suffolk Fencibles were killed and about 200 rebels. Eighteen of the Narraghmore yeomanry who fought with the rebels were shot.

Eagle Hill (Rathangan) and Monasterevin

At Eagle Hill the house of Mr. Johnson Darragh was attacked by a party of rebels but they were beaten off. Skirmishes near Monasterevin.


Throughout the day and into the evening rebels gathered near Rathangan and some houses were attacked and burned. Captain Langton and the South Cork Militia were ordered to Sallins but persuaded by Mr. Spenser to stay.

Castledermot - Late Evening

A large party of rebels left Ballitore and by the time they reached Castledermot were approximately 1,200 strong. They were beaten by a small party of the 6th Regiment of Foot under Captain Mince, assisted by Sir Richard Butler's troop of yeomen cavalry. Many rebels were killed and two taken prisoner were hanged.

Kildare Town - Late Evening/Night

George Crawford (sergeant in Taylor's yeomanry) and his 14 year old granddaughter were murdered by rebels. Mrs. Crawford barely escaped with her life.

Kildare Town 11.00 p.m.

Limerick mail coach plundered in Kildare. A passenger, 17 year old Lieutenant William Giffard of the 82nd Regiment was shot and piked.



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