Today in Irish History – 2 December:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1649 – Oliver Cromwell abandoned the siege of Waterford. Marching west into the territory secured by Lord Broghill, Cromwell dispersed his army into winter quarters at Cork, Youghal and Dungarvan.

1738 – Birth of Richard Montgomery in Swords, Co Dublin. He was a soldier who first served in the British Army. He later became a major-general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and he is most famous for leading the failed 1775 invasion of Canada. On 31 December 1775, he led an attack on Quebec city, but was killed during the battle.

1783 – Death of Thomas Burke. Born in Co Galway, he was a physician, lawyer, and statesman in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He represented North Carolina as a delegate to the Continental Congress and was Governor of the state. Thomas went to Virginia and practiced medicine for a number of years. He studied law, and began…

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