Colonel William Ferguson’s Uniform of the Gran Columbian Army dated to 1820 on display at the National Museum of Ireland-Decorative Arts and History in Dublin
William Ferguson was originally from County Antrim but was one of the many Irish immigrants who fought in Simon Bolivar’s army fighting for the independence of South America from Spain. Initially he left Ireland as he had financial difficulties but became a talented intelligence officer in Bolivar’s army and even gained the man’s trust.
However on the 23rd of September, 1828 Ferguson was mistaken for Bolivar and was shot by an assassin. Despite being a Protestant he was given a public funeral and buried in the
Primatial Cathedral of Bogotá.
Photographs taken by myself