Duel at The Scalp outside Enniskerry 1794

The Scalp County Wicklow
Hall, S. C. (Samuel Carter), 1800-1889; Hall, S. C., Mrs., Dublin and Wicklow, Virtue, Hall, & Virtue, London, 1853
The rebels standing at the mouth of a cave at left with arms raised, a woman in the shadows behind them, as soldiers gather with bayonets and swords ready on rocks over water above at right; octagonal frame, after Richard Corbould, from Lyttleton's 'History of England' Image from https://www.britishmuseum.org
© The Trustees of the British Museum.

The duel at The Scalp took place took place on the 18th of May between Beauchamp Bagenal Harvey and Ambrose Harding Giffard. According to Ruan O’Donnell the duel resulted from the fact that Giffard made an accusation that the United Irishmen had incited sectarian unrest in the North of Ireland and Harvey had to defend the honour of the United Irishmen. In the duel Harding Giffard was wounded but survived.

Beauchamp Bagenal Harvey

Harvey was a Landlord and barrister of Bargy Castle, Co Wexford, he was born in 1762 and was the son of Francis Harvey of Bargy Castle Co Westford. He was called to the bar in 1782 and became one of the leaders of the united Irishmen and in 1798 was elected their commander in chief. Later in 1798 he was arrested and sentenced to death. He was hanged on the 26th of June 1798 in Wexford.

Ambrose Harding Giffard

Giffard was born in 1771 and was the son of John Giffard, a well-known sheriff of Dublin and a apothecary in Dublin. Ambrose was later in 1819 appointed Chief justice of Ceylon and became a baronet in the year of his death. He also published a volume of poetry in 1822. He died returning home from the East on the 30th of April 1847.


Hutchinson, John – A catalogue of notable Middle Templars, with brief biographical notices, Butterworth London, 1902

O’Donnell, Ruan – Robert Emmet and the Rebellion of 1798, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 2003

Hall, S. C. (Samuel Carter), 1800-1889; Hall, S. C., Mrs., Dublin and Wicklow, Virtue, Hall, & Virtue, London, 1853

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