Robert Barton—forgotten man of the Irish revolution?

Robert Barton—forgotten man of the Irish revolution?

Of the five plenipotentiaries who signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty on 6 December 1921 most attention has been focused on the motivations and actions of Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith—and on ‘the plenipotentiary who wasn’t’, Eamon de Valera.

But what about the other three—Eamon Duggan, George Gavan Duffy and Robert Barton, particularly the latter, the only one who later took an anti-Treaty position.

To find out more about this republican Protestant landlord from Wicklow join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with John Dorney, Joan Kavanagh, Chris Lawlor, and Catherine Wright.

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John Dorney is editor of ‘The Irish Story’ website and author of Peace After The Final
Battle—the story of the Irish Revolution 1912-1924
(New Island Books, 2013).

Joan Kavanagh is a member of the Rathdrum Historical Society, County Wicklow
Heritage Forum, and the Glendalough Heritage Forum.

Chris Lawlor is a local historian and author of The Little Book of Wicklow (The History
Press, 2014).

Catherine Wright is an archivist with Wicklow County Council Archives and Genealogy

This Hedge School is supported by Wicklow County Council’s Archives Service and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.

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