William Drennan Frock Coat
This frock coat is said to have belonged to the United Irishmen Dr. William Drennan (1754 - 1820). It is fashioned out of olive green broad cloth with a black velvet collar and buttons. There are twelve buttons on the front, two at the cuffs, two at the back. The long tails have dummy pockets at the waist. There is no makers name. William Drennan studied medicine in Edinburgh and practiced in Belfast, Newry and Dublin. He was part of the Volunteer movement and after it had declined became one of the founding members of the Society of United Irishmen. He did not take part in any military action during the 1798 rebellion and withdrew from politics in his later years.
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