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John MacBride (1868 - 1916)

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John MacBride
Born in Westport, County Mayo, Irelandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married in Paris,Francemap
Father of
Died in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Irelandmap
Profile last modified | Created 4 May 2014
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Categories: Irish Nationalists | Irish Rebels | Easter Rising | Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin | Westport, Mayo.

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JOHN MacBRIDE 1868 - 1916

John MacBride born 7 May 1868, son of Patrick & Honora (Gill) McBride.[1]He trained as a doctor, but decided instead to become a chemist.

He travelled to America in 1896 to promote the Irish republican Brotherhood, and went to South Africa where he raised the Irish Transvaal Brigade during the Second Boer War.

MacBride married the Irish nationalist Edith Maud Gonne in Paris, France in 1903.[2] He was not a member of the Irish Volunteers, but at the beginning of the Easter 1916 Rising offered his services to Thomas MacDonagh and served with him at Jacob’s biscuit factory.

John McBride was executed by firing squad at Kilmainham Jail on 5th May 1916. He is buried in Arbour Hill Cemetery, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland.[3]

from Easter 1916 by W. B. Yeats [4][5]
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.


  1. civil birth registered 21 May 1868, Westport district, Co Mayo
  2. Find My Past GRO Consular Marriages (1849-1965) Transcription for John and Find My Past GRO Consular Marriages (1849-1965) Transcription for Edith Maud (Subscription required to view these records)
  3. Note: incorrect birth year 1865 is also on the "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 March 2016), John MacBride, 1916; Burial, Dublin, , County Dublin, Ireland, Arbour Hill Cemetery; citing record ID 4271, Find a Grave,
  4. Easter, 1916 by William Butler Yeats Easter, 1916 Text of the Poem
  5. William Butler Yeats: “Easter, 1916” How the conflict of a nation was captured by a politically reluctant poet. By Ange Mlinko

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On 16 Mar 2016 at 22:29 GMT Valerie Willis wrote:

MacBride-76 and MacBride-50 appear to represent the same person because: same chap - sorry I had spelled his name McBride & didn't pick up original entry

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