William James MacNevin

Life
1763-1841; b. 21 March, Ballymahowma, Aughrim, Co. Galway; ed. Prague, with uncle Baron MacNevin, physician to Maria Thera; grad. medicine in Vienna, 1783; practiced in Dublin; joined Catholic Committee; inducted into Society of United Irishmen by Lord Edward,; arrested 1798, imprisoned Kilmainham, and later Fort George (Scotland); released after Treaty of Amiens, 1802; joined Irish Brigade as captain; resigned and sailed to America; medical posts in New York; promoted welfare of Irish immigrants; works on Irish history, chemistry, and travel. d. 12 July, New York. ODNB DIB

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References
Dictionary of National Biography: MacNeven of MacNevin; joined United Irishmen, 1797; urged French intervention; arrested 1798 when his memorial to that effect fell into government hands [see Marianne Elliott, Wolfe Tone, 1990]; gave honorable evidence to allay severity of prosecutions; physician in New York, 1805; various posts in College of Physicians and Surgeons there; champion of the Irish in America.

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