The Wild Geese
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The Flight of the Wild Geese refers to the departure of an Irish Jacobite army under the command of Patrick Sarsfield from Ireland to France, as agreed in the Treaty of Limerick on October 3, 1691, following the end of the Williamite War in Ireland. More broadly, the term "Wild Geese" is used in Irish history to refer to Irish soldiers who left to serve as mercenaries in continental European armies in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
Between 1585 and 1818, over half a million Irish were lured from their homeland by promises of glory, money and honour in a constant emigration romantically styled 'The Flight of the Wild Geese'. Throughout this period, the Irish Brigades in France and Spain participated in conflicts ranging from the wars of the Spanish and the Austrian Successions through to the Napoleonic Wars.
Wild Geese - Irish Soldiers in Exile
'Remember Fontenoy!' The role of the Irish Brigade at the Battle of Fontenoy, 30 April 1745, where the French army won a notable victory over the British and Dutch, has been regarded as the greatest of Irish battle honours. In this supplement to the Weekly Nation for Christmas 1898, Irish soldiers displaying captured British standards.