Limerick Militia Medal for Collooney 1798,
Lot 91
Limerick Militia Medal for Collooney 1798,
Sold for £1,056 (US$ 1,798) inc. premium
Lot Details
Limerick Militia Medal for Collooney 1798,
silver medal, 39mm diam., Some contact marks, nearly very fine. (1)

Footnotes

  • On the August 1798 a French force of 1099 officers and men under the command of General Joseph Amable Humbert landed from three frigates at the remote village of Killala on the shores of Sligo Bay. They had sailed from La Rochelle on 6 August their purpose was to support the revolutionary United Irishman who had risen in rebellion in May of that year. Within a few days of landing Humbert made for the important town of Sligo which was garrisoned by a mixed force of 250 men of the Limerick Militia under the command of Colonel Charles Vereker, about 50 yeomanry and troop of the 24th Light Dragoons. Showing considerable dash and initiative Vereker took his small force with two curricle guns to meet the advancing French and formed a defence line in a shallow valley immediately to the north of Collooney. The ensuing engagement, on the afternoon of 5 September, lasted about an hour and a half, in the course of which some 50 people were killed and wounded on each side and one hundred of Vereker's men surrendered.

    Humbert failed to take advantage of the enemy's retreat, believing quite wrongly that Vereker's force was the vanguard of a much larger army and that he was being drawn into a trap. He abandoned his advance to Ulster, turned away to the East and was utterly defeated at Ballinamuck in Country Longford a few days later.

    At the meeeting on 8 October 1798 the Limerick City Council resolved: "That the steady, loyal and gallant conduct of our fellow citizens the Limerick City Regiment of Militia who so intrepidly engaged and successfully opposed the progress of the whole French and rebel army at Collooney, merits our sincerest thanks and warmest applause, a conduct which has not only covered them as a regiment which eternal honours but has also adds an additional lustre on their native city. It is further resolved that a sum of 50 guineas be paid by our Chamberlain towards raising a fund to purchase a suitable piece of plate for the Officers' Mess and proper medals for such of the non-commissioned officers and privates of the regiment as were engaged in action that day".
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