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Marianne Elliott

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318078

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317774

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Gentleman of the Law

Gentleman of the Law

(p.59) Four Gentleman of the Law
Wolfe Tone
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Theobald Wolfe Tone's career as a barrister in Dublin, Ireland. It explains that although Tone was dismissive of his career as a barrister, it was at the Irish bar that he met like-minded men who would soon dominate the Dublin Society of United Irishmen. It highlights the challenges faced by Tone at the bar which was overstocked with aspirants and describes how his father's bankruptcy and other family misfortunes in 1790 combined to create the conditions for Tone's premature launch into politics.

Keywords:   Theobald Wolfe Tone, barrister, Dublin, Ireland, Dublin Society of United Irishmen, bankruptcy, politics

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