Isaac Butt

Isaac Butt The Stranorlar Pound and Historical Park, Pound Street, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Isaac Butt
The Stranorlar Pound and Historical Park, Pound Street, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Isaac Butt

The Stranorlar Pound and Historical Park, Pound Street, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Isaac Butt was a man with the interests of the people at heart. And in particular, with the interests of the Irish people. His natural wit and intellect took him far from the home in rural Donegal where he’d been brought up the son of a Church of Ireland rector. By the time he was 25 in 1838, he’d established himself as a successful barrister in Dublin. Soon, he was regarded as one of the best. A position Isaac Butt used to the advantage of others. He frequently attacked aristocratic privilege, frequently complained of the exploitation of Ireland’s poor. When the Famine hit in 1845, he was again on the attack. This time, his victim was the British government whose policy on famine relief Isaac held to be utterly inadequate and to have cost the lives of thousands. In 1868, he used his legal prowess to defend the Fenian men standing trial for treason following the uprising a year before against British rule in Ireland. Within another two years, Isaac had gone on to found the Home Rule Association. Back then, there was no question of Ireland leaving the British Empire. But Home Rule, an Irish parliament, would at least give the country control of its domestic affairs. Isaac died nine years later, in 1879. The same year as fellow Stranorlar-native, Frances Browne LINK. And 43 years before the Irish Free State was created. He’d spent his life working for a better future for Ireland and the Irish. But in his death, he wanted nothing more than to return home and to enjoy the long peace and quiet of his eternal sleep. I would wish to be buried in Stranorlar graveyard, he wrote in a letter before his passing. A very shallow grave would be enough, with a mound of earth or a tomb raised over it. Put no inscription over the grave, except the date of my birth and my death; and, wherever I am buried, let the funeral be perfectly private, with as few persons attending, and as little show and expense as possible…

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