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Violent LoyaltiesManliness, Migration, and the Irish in the Canadas, 1798-1841$
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Jane G.V. McGaughey

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621860

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621860.001.0001

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Dismemberment at Windmill Point

Dismemberment at Windmill Point

(p.201) 7 Dismemberment at Windmill Point
Violent Loyalties

Jane G.V. McGaughey

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses events before, during, and after the 1838 Battle of the Windmill in Upper Canada. It explores how masculine imagery informed the manner in which the Irishmen fighting at Windmill Point were perceived by their peers, their enemies, and amongst themselves. It pays particular attention to local Orangemen who fought in the battle and how that hyper-masculinized and often violent Irish fraternity positioned itself within the frameworks of loyalism, social ascendancy, and imperial defence. In trying to prove their loyalty and gain social respectability within the colony, many of the Irishmen fighting at the windmill ended up reinforcing some of the more basic and crude stereotypes about their ethnicity and gender. The chapter includes gendered analyses of the mutilations that occurred during the battle, and closes by comparing how punishments against rebels in 1838 mirrored those from the 1798 Irish Rising.

Keywords:   battle, invasion, punishments, mutilation, Irishness, manliness, honour, loyalty, diaspora, respectability

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