Duke of Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo 1815

#OnThisDay 1815 The Duke of Wellington, defeated Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo. He is thought to be one of the greatest commanders ever. The Duke was born, Arthur Wellesley in Dublin & educated in Trim…but as Daniel O’Connell said of Wellesley

being born in a stable doesn’t make a horse’.

This quote has often been misattributed to Wellington but it was said about him not by him. As with most Irish History, Wellington’s Irishness is contested. Certainly Anglo-Irish, he does not fit with the nationalistic version of Irish history, not does he fit into the the oppressive British history in Ireland version either.

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