James Hope

Hope, James, a United Irishman, who supplied Dr. Madden with materials and information for a portion of his work upon the actors in the Insurrection of 1798, was born near Templepatrick, County of Antrim, 25th August 1764. A Presbyterian, he threw himself into the movements of 1798 and 1803, and was the beloved and trusted friend of Neilson, Russell, McCracken, and Emmet. Most of his life was spent over the loom, and he was living in Belfast in 1846, then aged 82, still true to the principles which had actuated him in youth. Madden describes him as "a modest, observant, though retiring man, discreet and thoughtful,.. strictly moral, utterly fearless, inflexible and incorruptible... He is a man of very profound reflexion... For a term of upwards of sixty years he has earned his bread by his own industry."


330. United Irishmen, their Lives and Times: Third Series: Robert R. Madden, M.D. 3 vols. Dublin, 1846.