Lot 58: 1796 (31 December) eyewitness account of the failed French invasion at Bantry
January 21, 2017
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1796 (31 December) eyewitness account of the failed French invasion at Bantry
Three-page letter from Colonel Thomas Balfour of the North Lowland Fencibles to his wife in Orkney. "We have been marched here in consequence of an alarm spread by a French fleet appearing off Bantry Bay....one officer and four seamen ... landed have been made prisoners" . With postal charges "via Donaghadee" [to Portpatrick].
A rare eyewitness account of the failed invasion.
Other Notes: "Expedition d''Irlande" was a 15,000 strong invasion force gathered by the French Directory for landing in Ireland in December. The fleet left France on 15 December 1796 but the operation was abandoned at Bantry on 29 December.