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Roger David Casement

(1864-1916), Diplomatist and Irish rebel

Sitter in 2 portraits
Casement was the son of an Irish Protestant father and a Catholic mother and grew up in County Antrim and Liverpool. He became a distinguished member of the British Consular Service. As British Consul at Boma, capital of the Belgian controlled Congo, in 1903 he had written a memorandum to the Foreign Secretary, which revealed the horrors of exploitation in the rubber collecting industry. Knighted in 1911 after a distinguished career in the British Consular Service; became fervent Irish Nationalist and visited Berlin (1914) seeking German aid for Irish independence; endeavoured to recruit Irish prisoners of war into the German army; returned to Ireland 1916, arrested, tried and hung for treason.

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