Bessie Grey

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Grey, Bessie, an Irish heroine, who followed her lover and brother into the battle of Ballynahinch (13th June 1798), and, carrying a green flag, encouraged her insurgent friends. She perished in the indiscriminate slaughter inflicted on the insurgents in their retreat. "She was," says Teeling, "the pride of a widowed mother, the loved and admired of their village, where to this hour the perfection of female beauty is described as it approximates in resemblance to the fair Elizabeth Grey."

Sources

237. Maxwell, William H., Rebellion of 1798. London, 1845.

322a. Teeling, Charles H.: Personal Narrative of the Rebellion of 1798. London, 1828.

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