Bartholomew Teeling (1774-1798) was an Irish military officer who fought in the Rebellion of 1798. Born to a wealthy Catholic family in Lisburn, County Antrim, Teeling and his younger brother Charles joined the Society of United Irishmen in 1795. The following year, Teeling travelled to France to procure support for a French invasion of Ireland. During the Rebellion of 1798, Teeling served as an aide-de-camp of General Jean-Joseph Amable Humbert, and served with particular distinction at the Battle of Collooney, where he single-handedly disabled and captured a British cannon by shooting and killing the gunner manning the cannon, clearing the way for the Franco-Irish force to defeat the British. Upon the eventual surrender of Humbert and the rebels at Ballinamuck, Teeling was court-martialled and executed, despite pleas from Humbert that the Irish prisoners that served under his command were to be treated as prisoners of war. Teeling is believed to be buried in Croppies’ Acre Memorial in Dublin.


Bartholomew Teeling’s Speech From The Dock (1798)