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The Wild Geese in the Service of Imperial Austria: Captain John Bellew
Karen J. Harvey
The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
Vol. 118 (1988), pp. 5-12
Published by: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25508942
Page Count: 8
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A notable part of the experience of the Irish Catholic gentry in the eighteenth century was the emigration of large numbers of their class who felt that, as a result of the restrictions placed upon them by the Penal Laws, opportunities for advancement lay elsewhere. One such avenue was foreign military service: Irish Catholic gentry émigrés were soldiers and regimental officers in almost all the armies of Catholic Europe. While the great majority were in the service of the Bourbons, in France and Spain, significant numbers found employment in the Imperial Hapsburg forces.
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