The period leading up to and after the 1798 rebellion by the United Irishmen was a tremendously tumultuous time, with many different fighting forces, each with different names and insignia. However, our wealth of material stemming from this period is one of the strengths of the displays.
Objects on show include uniforms, rifles, swords, belt plates, buttons, ceramics, glass and silver ware as well as information on some of the leading local figures involved with these groups.
It was fears of a French invasion and the political turmoil leading up to the 1798 rebellion, which saw the formation of the Armagh Volunteers. As the name suggests, this was a voluntary association and among the objects from this period is a superb brass officer's helmet (1782) and a flute case from Richhill (1779).
Four years later the Irish Yeomany were formed for similar reasons but differed from the volunteers in that they were raised under direct government control. After the demise of the Volunteers (1792) the Armagh Militia was formed who first saw active service in the 1798 rebellion.
Other cases include sections on the Tyrone and Louth Militia, the Royal Irish Fusiliers and the regiment of the North Irish Horse.
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