Beaulieu House and Gardens, Co Louth

The Rebel General

One of Ireland’s first unfortified houses, passed down 11 generations from its 17th-century builder, Beaulieu House boasts a fine collection of family portraits, all with stories to tell. That of the “Rebel General”, hanging in the Dining Room, stirs curiosity in particular. 

Having served in the British Army, Richard Montgomery (1736–1775) later emigrated to America and, sympathising with the Colonialists, fought for their cause in the American Revolutionary War. A celebrated hero, he campaigned in Canada but was killed during an attack on Quebec.

Room inside Beaulieu House and Gardens

Why then does “the gallant Montgomery” appear so softly feminine of face in his posthumous portrait, rather than the battle-hardened warrior you might expect? 

Can family tradition be true that, as the Rebel General was dead, his sister, Lady Ranelagh, was persuaded to don his uniform and sit for the portrait in his place?

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