Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
Dr. Michael Joseph Rahilly,
He was NOT educ France. This was confusion between a letter from his sister Margaret from France in maybe 1853 and a confraternity card of his nephew The O'Rahilly ("Michael Raleigh") in Paris in 1895 [P102/61].
Entered Queen's College, Cork for academic year 1855-56, guardian Mr. R. Spence, 7 Nile St, Cork.
He was brilliant scholar, great linguist.
Became friends with the scholar and writer Dr. George Sigerson (born 1836, studied medicine at Queen's College, Cork, from 1856).
Letters [P102/583] show some of his lectures were held in Dublin.
MD 1859 (Doctor of Medicine), 1st place in practice of medicine, living Ballylongford at time.
See Irish Times, June 29, 1859.
He was said (e.g. in [P106/160]) to be the first medical graduate of Cork university, but this is not true.
LRCS Edin (Licentiate Royal Coll Surgeons Edinburgh) 1859.
Listed as of London as at 21 Dec 1859 [P102/208(80)].
[Sighle's papers, P106/15] (14 in index) is a letter of 8 Apr, c.1860, where he says his friend George Sigerson is trying to persuade him to study Irish.
Surgeon in Royal Navy, 1860-64:
He had distinguished, though short, career as surgeon in the Royal Navy.
Entered navy 1860. NOT officer.
Served on HMS Gladiator (launched 1844) from 1860 to 1864, in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.
HMS Gladiator was wooden hull, paddle wheel propulsion, 2nd class frigate, launched 1844.
In Penzance, Cornwall, is the grave of his predecessor: "In affectionate remembrance of George Hext Bellringer, Jun., late acting assistant surgeon of H.M.S. "Gladiator", who departed this life near the Island of Bermuda, on the 4th November, 1859; aged 22 Years".
[O'Rahilly, 1991, p.6]
says that when
Michael Joseph was waiting to board ship at Queenstown, Co.Cork,
he wrote to his brother Richard, asks him to
"send me my favourite book"
which he says is
History of the Irish Rebellion in 1798,
by William Hamilton Maxwell.
His copy of the book is in
Michael Joseph was appointed as an Assistant Surgeon in the Royal Navy
on 6 Jan 1860.
From 4th Feb 1861 to 5th Mar 1861, off "Vera Cruz", Mexico
(Veracruz, on Gulf of Mexico).
On 27th Sep 1862, off "Vera Crux" (must be Veracruz, Mexico).
He treated young John Barrett, child of his 1st cousin Mary Barrett, must be in 1864. She later writes: "What a lovely gentleman he was. Only for God and him my old son would die at 2 years old" [P102/207(30)].
He got tuberculosis (NOT tropical fever).
In June 1865 he was in Ballybunion, Co.Kerry, with his sister Marianne. She reports on his health in a letter [P102/27].
He is listed among Assistant Surgeons in [Navy List, Sept 1865].
His mother died Jan 1866.
He rented an apartment at Queenstown Feb 1866 [P102/23].
He died unmarried, Sun 22 Apr 1866, Ballylongford, age 28 yrs, of tuberculosis [GROI], [death notice].
[P102/29] says died "Sunday April 20", but Sunday was the 22nd not the 20th.
See death notice in Nenagh Guardian, May 2, 1866.
He was bur Lislaughtin Abbey with his parents and his sister Margaret [P102/207(30)].
He is not listed in [Navy List, June 1866].
A sample illustration from Rahilly's "favourite book", showing the Irish 1798 rebels as sub-humans.
From p.66 of History of the Irish Rebellion in 1798, William Hamilton Maxwell, 4th edn, 1854.
Liking this book shows how pro-British the Rahillys were.
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