Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and Midleton Barracks.

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One of the big commemorations this year will be the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo (June 1815) in which Napoleon was finally defeated.  During the Napoleonic War men from Midleton enlisted in the Royal Army and Royal Navy (in the latter case under duress, such as happened to Edward Bransfield of Ballinacorra who was press ganged from his father’s fishing boat).

Waterloo reenactment

Re-enacting the battle of Waterloo in Belgium.

Damian Shiels has posted two very interesting items on his blog: The Midleton Archaeology and Heritage Project (midletonheritage.com).

The first is on the men who enlisted in the Royal Army and fought at Waterloo:

http://midletonheritage.com/2015/01/04/stories-of-midleton-veterans-of-the-peninsular-campaign-waterloo/

The second post is on the Midleton Barracks and the Hanoverian and Brunswickers who were briefly based there – as well as the other units:

http://midletonheritage.com/2015/02/05/hanoverian-riflemen-black-brunswickers-midleton-barracks-during-the-napoleonic-wars/

Midleton still preserves the ‘barracks’ that was used by the British and Hanoverian troops – it’s the old woollen mill built by Marcus Lynch in the 1790s and later acquired by the Murphy brothers to become the centerpiece of their distillery!

Old Distillery Midleton

Now part of the Jameson Experience, the vast woollen mill built by Marcus Lynch was acquired by the British Government for £20,000 in 1803 to house troops in transit to Spain and Portugal to fight the French. It later became the centre of the Murphy distillery in Midleton.

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