The Partial Diary of "Honest" John Martin, Young Irelander, 1812-1875 Co. Down, Ireland

*Fragments of Diary - 1848-1850, 1858
Original at P.R.O.N.I. (D560-/1-6)
Microfilm of Parts 1-4 transcription
at Family History Center, SLC, Utah
#1701442-which does NOT include
parts 5 & 6 of the Diary herein.


Part I - October 30-November 20, 1848 - in Dublin jail for treason-felony for his writings in his newspaper, "The Irish Felon", where he advocated that the Irish should rule Ireland instead of Britain ruling Ireland.

Part II - June 28-September 4, 1849 - on board the Convict Ship, Mountstuart Elphinstone, to Australia as a "special" gentleman convict.

Part III - October 1-16, 1849 - Arrival into Sydney, Australia, harbor and transfer to the ship "Emma" for Tasmania (Van Dieman's Land).

Part IV - September 21-22, 1850 - residing in Fordell, Tasmania, with John Mitchel, another Young Irelander.

Explanation of relationships of John Martin (with added corrections by Suzanne Ballard)

Part V - May 3-July 28, 1858 - Paris Journal-John Martin received an unconditional pardon in 1856 but was in self-imposed exile in Paris. Very depressed over his inability to help Ireland while in Paris.

Part VI - September 13, 1858 & November 29, 1858 - In Paris and then in Kilbroney, Co. Down, Ireland after the death of his brother, sister-in-law, and their favorite servant-nanny leaving 7 orphaned children under age 15.

Appendix: Notes and pedigree of John Martin as compiled by Suzanne Ballard

Transcribed by Suzanne Ballard, January 1998 from the original diary kept at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

Writing sample from John Martin's Diary:

Compiled by Suzanne Webb Ballard, January 1998.

Published to the internet by Kevin Ballard, December 1998.