Tandy claimed the protection of the court on a technicality and was acquitted. He was promptly rearrested and taken to Lifford Jail to face charges for his treasonable activities in Donegal.
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He was found guilty and sentenced to die on 4 May It was hoped that Tandy would incriminate his comrades and possibly accept conditions for mercy which would compromise his reputation amongst his associates. Despite months in prison, the Hamburg extradition, two trials and a death sentence Tandy did not weaken. The British government, realising that his exchange was all that impeded peace with France, ordered Cornwallis to arrange for him to be quietly shipped over to France.
Britain had hoped that Tandy would be more or less ignored in France but they were wrong. A brilliant dinner was organised to welcome him and he was immediately paid livres as army pay due to him. He was honoured with a military parade and Bonaparte personally awarded him the pension of a full general, livres.
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He was very comfortably placed as a result. The only restriction was that he was not permitted to travel to Paris. Napper Tandy was afloat, which he hated. She was a corvette. What a name for a bloody ship-of-war, he thought. Whether she was named after a Greek composer of drinking and love songs or a French composer of operas, it was not a name for a war-ship. She was fast, though, that he admitted.
And well armed, this ton corvette, with her fourteen four pounders and a pair of swivels, but her main protection was her speed.
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But God, how she pitched. He clutched his hand to his mouth and made once more for the scuppers. What it was to be so old. He felt all of his 61 years today. Tandy then took proceedings against the Lord Lieutenant for issuing a proclamation for his arrest; although the action failed, it increased Tandy's popularity, and his expenses were paid by the Society of the United Irishmen.
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Sympathy with the French Revolution was rapidly spreading in Ireland. A meeting of some 6, people in Belfast voted a congratulatory address to the French nation in July In the following year, Napper Tandy took a leading part in organising a new military association in Ireland modelled after the French National Guards; they professed republican principles, and on their uniform the cap of liberty instead of the crown surmounted the Irish harp.
Tandy also, with the purpose of bringing about a fusion between the Defenders and the United Irishmen, took the oath of the Defenders , a Roman Catholic society whose agrarian and political violence had been increasing for several years. He was about to be tried in for distributing a seditious pamphlet in County Louth when the government found out he had taken the oath of the Defenders.
In February he went to Paris, where at this time a number of Irish refugees, the most prominent of whom was Wolfe Tone , were assembled, planning rebellion in Ireland to be supported by a French invasion, but quarrelling among themselves over tactics. Tandy accepted the offer of a corvette , later captured by the British and renamed Anacreon , from the French government and sailed from Dunkirk accompanied by a few United Irishmen , a small force of men and a considerable quantity of arms and ammunition for distribution in Ireland. Read more Read less.
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