$2000 Reward for Murder of Thomas Darcy McGee, 1868

Sale price€19,00


Thomas Darcy McGee, a illustrias son of Ireland, an Irish patriot and journalist. It's a long way from the beautiful scenic town of Carlingford where he was born. At the age of 17 he left Ireland for Boston where he found work with “The Boston Pilot”, a Catholic newspaper where he became assistant editor. Some years later he returned to Ireland where he edited the Young Irelander newspaper "The Nation". He became a wanted man and once again made his escape to America where he founded and edited the New York "Nation" and "The American Celt”. Thomas DArcy McGee then moved to Canada in 1857. In 1867, he was elected to the 1st Canadian Parliament representing Montreal West.

 A year later, in the early hours of April 7th 1868, McGee was returning home. He was fumbling with his key in the lock as Mary Ann Trotter greeted him and opened the door. At that moment, a muzzle shot erupted and a .32 calibre bullet tore through McGees’s neck and jaw, knocking his dentures out and causing him to crash back onto the street. The shot killed him. This wanted poster was placed up after the shooting with a reward of $2,000 dollars. A hefty sum in those days! Patrick J Whelan, a fellow Irishman, was arrested. While the evidence on him was lacklustered and poor, he was tried and sent to death by hanging. Whelan was the last publicly hanged person in Canada.

You can see a statue of McGee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The young lad from Carlingford came a long way and led an interesting life. His life is a strong reflection of the Irish influence in the US and Canada! Great piece! 

We are delighted to present these fascinating rarities of old Ireland for you to own. We have added a 'aged look' to this print which creates a stunning atmosphere when framed.

We look forward to helping you create your own collection that can be treasured and admired by your family for many generations to come!

Dimensions: 16” X 10” approx.

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