H1595 : Plaque, Isaac Butt

taken 7 years ago, near to Srath an Urlair, Drumboe, Navenny and Ballybofey, Donegal, Ireland

Plaque, Isaac Butt
Plaque, Isaac Butt
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"ISAAC BUTT (1813-1879) POLITICIAN, BARRISTER, PHILOSOPHER, PATRIOT
Isaac Butt was born in Glenfin on the 6th September 1813. His father, The Reverend
Robert Butt, became Rector of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Stranorlar in 1814 so
Isaac spent his childhood years in Stranorlar. His mother's maiden name was Berkeley
Cox and she claimed descendency from the O'Donnells. When Isaac was aged twelve
he went as a boarder to the Royal School Raphoe and at the age of fifteen entered
Trinity College Dublin.
He trained as a barrister and became a member of both the Irish Bar and the English
Bar. He was a conservative lawyer but after the famine in the 1840s became
increasingly liberal. In 1852 he became Tory MP at Westminster representing
Youghal, Co. Cork and in 1869 he founded the Tenant League to renew the demand
for tenant rights. He was a noted orator who spoke fervently for justice, tolerance,
compassion and freedom. He always defended the poor and the oppressed.
He started the Home Rule Movement in 1870 and in 1871 was elected MP for
Limerick, running on a Home Rule ticket. He founded a political party called The
Home Rule Party in 1873. By the mid 1870s Butt's health was failing and he was
losing control of his party to a section of its members who wished to adopt a much
more aggressive approach than he was willing to accept. In 1879 he suffered a stroke
from which he failed to recover and died on the 5th May in Clonskeagh, Dublin. He was replaced by William Shaw who was succeeded by Charles Stewart Parnell in 1880.
Isaac Butt became known as "The Father of Home Rule in Ireland". At his express
wish he is buried in a corner of Stranorlar Church of Ireland cemetery, beneath a tree
where he used to sit and dream as a boy."

It is located here H1595 : The Pound, Stranorlar.
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Friday, 19 November, 2010   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 21 November, 2010
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Plaque   (more nearby)
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Irish: geotagged! H 150 953 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:48.3197N 7:45.9934W
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