William Drennan

(1754-1820)

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William Drennan (1754 – 1820), a physician, poet, educationalist and political radical, was one of the chief architects of the Society of United Irishmen. He is also known as the first to refer in print to Ireland as "the emerald isle" in his poem "When Erin first rose".

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Born in Belfast in 1754, William was son to Reverend Thomas Drennan (1696-1768), minister of ... more »

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