Rebel Profile: James “Jemmy” Hope
The United Irishmen’s resident socialist, James Hope was born to a Presbyterian Covenanter family in Templepatrick, 1764. James served his apprenticeship a linen weaver and like so many of his time, looked on at the revolutions of France and America with great admiration. By 1795 he was a United Irish leader, organising and agitating throughout Ulster and Connaught while becoming firm friends with Tone, Russell, Neilson and McCracken. James brought an extra dynamic to the society through his egalitarian views and his belief that the French demand of ‘equality’ should not only mean civil rights but also extend to property. When Ulster eventually erupted in rebellion under Henry Joy, James joined his friend at the battle of Antrim and his brave rearguard actions during the rebel’s retreat were well remembered. Avoiding the fate of many of his executes friends, Hope avoided the authorities for years, even acting as bodyguard for Samuel Neilson during his last secretive visit to his native land. When Lord Cornwallis offered clemency in return for information on the remaining rebels James refused saying that to accept would be: “not only a recantation of one’s principles, but a tacit acquiescence in the justice of the punishment which had been inflicted on thousands of my unfortunate associates". “Jemmy” as his friend knew him would die in 1847 and is buried in Mallusk cemetery. Engraved on his tombstone is the image of a dog which reportedly brought food and supplies to Hope and his beleaguered rebels. A forefather of the heroes of the Irish Labour movement, James Hope stands out as a truly altruistic and compassionate human being engulfed in one of Ireland’s most climactic moments. #templepatrick#mallusk#socialism#unitedirishmen#ireland#irishhistory#republicanism#discoverireland#history
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