The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 86, July 1982 - April, 1983

Book Reviews

from New Haven to Missoula, Chapel Hill to Fayetteville, as well as
an impressive list of newspapers, documents, and secondary sources.
Miami University (Ohio) JACK TEMPLE KIRBY
The Irish Texans. By John Brendan Flannery. (San Antonio: The
University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio,
1980. Pp. 173. Sources, notes, index, illustrations. $8.95, cloth;
$6.95, paper.)
The Forgotten Colony: San Patricio de Hibernia. By Rachel Bluntzer
Hebert. (Burnet, Tex.: Eakin Press, 1981. Pp. xi+459. Fore-
word, glossary, photographs, appendices, sources, index. $25.)
These two works do something to raise the profile of an ethnic
group in Texas which has received limited attention in many other
accounts of Texas history. Although neither author appears to be a
professional historian, their books may in some ways be the better for
that. They are insiders with a feeling for their subject, and they write
about it con amore. John Brendan Flannery's volume is in the series
which the Institute of Texan Cultures is publishing on "The Texians
and Texas." Starting with some material about the Irish in Spanish
Texas, it goes on to give a useful account of their role from the Mexi-
can period through post-Civil War years. There are no chapters con-
centrating on twentieth-century topics like expatriate Irish doing
church work in Texas.
One of the values of Flannery's work is that it makes abundantly
clear the involvement of the Irish in the great events of Texas history.
This is especially true for the empresario period and for the Texas
Revolution. The colonies of the Irish empresarios receive a good share
of attention, but a chapter on the non-Irish colonies is introduced.
Austin's Old Three Hundred, we are told, included a goodly number
of settlers with Irish names. The prominent John J. Linn, whose
father had had to flee Ireland for participating in the Uprising of
1798, became a settler in Martin de Le6n's colony.
A number of chapters deal with the role of the Irish in the Texas
Revolution. Flannery begins here with the question of whether the
Irish were pro-Mexican in that period. Then, after putting the evi-
dence before us, he concludes that "none gave more to Texas inde-
pendence than the Irish colonists...." (p. 79).
Most of the information in Flannery's book seems to be from pub-
lished sources, but unpublished materials were also used.

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