Sir Edward Crosbie

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Sir Edward Crosbie (born c. 1755, died 5 June 1798)[1] was the first United Irishman to be executed[2] for treason after the 1798 Rebellion in Carlow, Ireland.

Crosbie lived at Crosbie Park until 1770, when at the age of 15 he went on to Trinity College, Dublin as a fellow commoner. In 1773, at the age of 18, he succeeded to his father's baronetcy, as the 5th Baronet Crosbie of Maryborough in Queen's County. The following year he took his BA.[3] On 21 April 1774, Crosbie received a pension "during the King's pleasure" of £150 per annum. His younger brother Richard, Ireland's first balloonist, also received £50.

In 1778, Crosbie was called to the bar.

After the 1798 Rebellion, Crosbie was executed for leading the United Irishmen from his house, Viewmount, into Carlow. However, there is evidence to suggest that this was a miscarriage of justice.[4][5]

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Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Sir Paul Crosbie, 4th Baronet
Baronet
(of Maryborough in Queen's County)
1773 – 1798
Succeeded by
Sir William Crosbie, 6th Baronet