DILLON, Arthur.

Observations historiques sur l'origine, les services, & l'état civil des Officiers Irlandois au service de la France, adressées à l'Assemblée nationale.

rédigées par M. A. D., Député à l'Assemblée nationale.

Paris: De l'imprimerie de Demonville, rue Christine, 1792 Stock Code: 146968
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A hero the American Revolution; a martyr of the French Revolution.

First edition of this scarce history of Irish regiments in the service of France since the flight of James II, which includes an extensive account of the Dillon's Regiment's part in the American Wars from 1779, in which Arthur Dillon,(17501794), the author of this pamphlet, commanded with distinction under d'Estaing at Grenada and in the siege of Savannah. WorldCat list US copies at NYPL, Society of the Cincinnati and Newberry libraries; Library Hub has BL only.

Beginning with the formation of the Mountcashel, Butler, Feilding, O'Brian and Dillon family regiments in the later seventeenth century the author offers an account of the successive structural changes they underwent, accompanied by a chronological roll of their engagements, including their mission to Scotland in 1764. At the Revolution, the Irish troops and their commanders found themselves in a perilous position, having always declared allegiance to the French monarchy, this going some way to explain the suppliant tone of the Observations historiques. The Irish regiments with most of their regular troops were absorbed into the French Revolutionary army, but many of their commanders perished under the guillotine, including Dillon who mounted the scaffold with a cry of "Vive le roi!". This pamphlet was reprinted in Dublin in 1890, but the French original is considerable rarity.

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Octavo (220 × 145 mm), pp. [2], 58. Stitched in self-wraps as issued, uncut and largely unopened.


Lightly browned, heavier on verso of final leaf, paper slightly perished at spine, but a very good copy.


Martin & Walter, Révolution française, II, 10795.


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