Captain Robert Monteith

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Captain Robert Monteith, who, if memory serves me, accompanied Sir Roger Casement on the submarine to Ireland in 1916, in military uniform. The cap badge appears to be a harp which might perhaps indicate a date before 1922?

Photographers: Various

Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection

Date: Ca. 1900 - 1920(?)


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    • 09/Jul/2019 08:08:11

    Sometimes Flickr and the are amazing!

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    • 09/Jul/2019 08:41:53

    there appears to have been significant scratch processing around his legs , feet and sidearm which looks more like a bayonnet than a long muzzle pistol ?

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    • 09/Jul/2019 10:33:36

    The 'Mystery Man of Banna Strand', Monteith was indeed on the submarine with Casement, but managed to evade capture and eventually escaped to America. He was married to my great great (I think!) grand aunt, Mary Florence “Mollie” Burke Monteith. His daughter Florence Monteith Lynch wrote a great book 'The Mystery Man of Banna Strand' about his life and evading capture capture, sadly long out of print. Great photo!

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    Carol Maddock

    • 09/Jul/2019 10:52:30

    [] Always great to hear from a relative! We have a copy of the ‘Mystery Man of Banna Strand’ here at the National Library if you ever want to see it in the flesh. Or it's available online at the Hathi Trust.

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    • 09/Jul/2019 12:19:16

    [[email protected]] thanks Carol, alas a relative through marriage but a very interesting piece of history nonetheless. Her nephew Charles Burke was killed in the war of independence in Wexford. Thanks for the offer of seeing the book, thankfully my Grandfather has a copy and I got to read it a few years ago :)

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    • 09/Jul/2019 17:41:19

    Apparently he was the Sergeant in charge of a British Army arsenal in Dublin and his wife used to bring him his lunch every day. One day, during a strike (during the Lockout, I think) she was making her way there and some heavy-handed Dublin Metropolitan Police on duty and one of them whacked Mrs. Monteith over the back of the head with his truncheon, leaving her bleeding on the ground. This unjust act alone seems to have completely poisoned his attitude towards the police and British administration in Ireland and set him on the path to rebellion. There's a monument to him on the mainstreet in Newtown Mount Kennedy (my Dad was one of the musicians playing at the unveiling). Monteith Park housing estate in Kilcoole is named after him. He lived in Kilcoole for a brief while in the late 1940s and 1950s and apparently had worked for the General Motors Company in the US. The police in Liverpool tried to capture him as he passed through there, and I think they might even have arrested his wife, and this after World War II. They had long memories...

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    • 09/Jul/2019 22:17:39

    Buena serie de fotos antiguas ,

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    • 19/Sep/2019 15:00:36

    This photograph looks like he’s checking his smart phone 📱