Carrol (O’Carrol), Michael (1789-1830?)

Known in Spain as Miguel Carrol and in Chile as Miguel O’ Carrol, was born in Tulla, Tipperary, Ireland in 1789. Little is known about his early life, only that he served as a lieutenant in a local militia. Much like his cousins Charles (Carlos) Morgan Carrol (O’Carrol) and Richard (Ricardo) Parker Carrol, he was persuaded to volunteer in Spain by William ( Guillermo) Parker Carrol under whom he served in the Hibernia regiment from late 1812. He was present in multiple actions, most notably in Lequito, San Juan, Somorrostro (Biscay); two incursions into Bilbao and supporting the Spanish guerrilla along the French border including actions in Bayonne (late 1813 to early1814). He earned the rank of capitán in the Regimiento Infanteria de la Princesa (1812).

After obtaining a licence to travel to England in January 1817, he traveled to South America and joined the Argentine-Chilean army of the Andes with his cousin Charles Morgan Carrol in 1818. He served as an aide-de-camp of the liberator Bernardo O’Higgins and continued in the service of the Chilean army until at least January 1830 when records about him have so far not been found.

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Sources (indicative): Graciela Iglesias-Rogers, British Liberators in the Age of Napoleon: Volunteering under the Spanish Flag in the Peninsular War, (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2014).

Posted by:  Graciela Iglesias-Rogers, assisted by Adam Nour El-Din Hafez

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Thematic categories:

War and the Military ; Exile and Migration

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