William (O'Brien) Smith

William (O'Brien) Smith (1803 - 1864)

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William Smith formerly O'Brien
Born in Dromoland, Newmarket- on-Fergus, County Clare, Irelandmap
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Died in Bangor, Walesmap
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Irish politician, member of Parliament for Ennis and Co Limerick; he was transported to Van Diemens Land due to his support for the 1848 Young Ireland Rebellion. Smith O'Brien had five sons and two daughters with his wife; and 1 son and 1 daughter who were illegitimate.

Born William O'Brien, he took the name "Smith" in 1809 in order to inherit his maternal grandfather's fortune including the land at Cahermoyle, Limerick.

Convicted of high treason in 1848 - his original sentence of execution was commuted to transportation. Smith O'Brien arrived in Van Diemens Land in July 1849 and spent several years in Tasmania. In 1854 he was permitted to return to Europe and received a pardon in 1856.


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