Barry O'Meara

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Barry Edward O'Meara (1786–1836), born in Newtown House, Newtown-on-Sea (now known as Blackrock), Dublin, was an Irish surgeon and founding member of the Reform Club, who accompanied Napoleon to Saint Helena and became his physician, having been surgeon on board the Bellerophon when the emperor surrendered himself. He was a medical graduate of Trinity College Dublin.[1][2]

O'Meara, holding a copy of his book, A Voice From St. Helena (1822)


O'Meara is remembered as the author of Napoleon in Exile, or A Voice From St. Helena (1822) a book which charged Sir Hudson Lowe with mistreating the former emperor and created no small sensation on its appearance. Less known are his secret letters he sent clandestinely from Saint Helena to a clerk at the Admiralty in London. These letters shed a unique light on Napoleon's state of mind as a captive and the causes of his complaints against Lowe and the British government.[3]

O'Meara was also the physician to have performed the very first medical operation on Napoleon: by extracting a wisdom tooth in the autumn of 1817.[4]


O'Meara's granddaughter, Kathleen O'Meara was a Catholic writer based in Paris.[5]

O'Meara was portrayed by Michael Williams in the 1972 Anglo-American historical drama film Eagle in a Cage.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Ten-bedroom mansion on 10 acres for price of a city four-bed semi". independent.
  2. ^ "Dr Barry Edward O'Meara Physician to Napoleon (1783 – 1836) - School of Medicine - Trinity College Dublin".
  3. ^ "Inside Longwood - Barry O'Meara's clandestine letters". Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  4. ^ See the story of Napoleon's Tooth
  5. ^ Flaherty, M. (1911). Kathleen O'Meara. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved 6 December 2014 from New Advent:


  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "O'Meara, Barry Edward". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.