Friday, August 3, 2012

Sir Roger Casement

Roger David Casement (Irish: Ruairí Dáithí Mac Easmainn; 1 September 1864 – 3 August 1916)—Sir Roger Casement Kt. CMG between 1911 and shortly before his execution for treason, when he was stripped of his British honours—was a humanitarian campaigner and an Irish patriot, poet, revolutionary, and nationalist.
He was a British consul by profession, famous for his reports and activities against human rights abuses in the Congo and Peru and also for his dealings with Germany before Ireland's Easter Rising in 1916. An Irish nationalist and Parnellite in his youth, he worked in Africa for commercial interests and latterly in the service of Britain. However, the Boer War and his consular investigation into atrocities in the Congo led Casement to anti-Imperialist and ultimately to Irish Republican and separatist political opinions. He sought to obtain German support for a rebellion in Ireland against British rule. Shortly before the Easter Rising, he landed in Ireland and was arrested. He was subsequently convicted and executed by the British for treason.
There has been controversy over a set of "black" diaries, copies of which were circulated selectively by the British authorities following Casement's conviction, which, if accepted as genuine, would portray Casement as a promiscuous homosexual with a fondness for young men. Given prevailing views on homosexuality at the time, circulation of the diaries helped undermine support for clemency for Casemen


“Worked in the potatoes this forenoon.  Drew one load of barley after dinner but it was too wet and I worked in the potatoes until night.  Pleasant but very windy.”

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