William Smith O'Brien

Irish nationalist politician (1803–1864)

William Smith O'Brien (Irish: Liam Mac Gabhann Ó Briain; 17 October 1803 – 18 June 1864) was an Irish politician. At one point he was a member of the British Parliament. Later on he was a nationalist and leader of the Young Ireland movement and led a rebellion against British rule in the 1840s during the Potato Famine. He was convicted of treason, a felony, and could have been executed, but he was exiled to Van Diemen's Land instead. In 1856, he was pardoned and allowed to return.[1]

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William Smith O'Brien


  1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849 Harper and Row 1962