Barry Edward O'Meara

Barry Edward O'Meara (1786–1836) was an Irish surgeon and founding member of the Reform Club, who accompanied Napoleon to St. Helena and became his physician, having been surgeon on board the Bellerophon when the emperor surrendered himself.


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 St. 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 Sir Hudson Lowe and the British government.

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.[1]


O'Meara's granddaughter, Kathleen O'Meara was a Catholic writer based in Paris.[2]

O'Meara was portrayed by Michael Williams in the film Eagle in a Cage.

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Notes and references

  1. See the story of Napoleon's Tooth
  2. Flaherty, M. (1911). Kathleen O'Meara. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved December 6, 2014 from New Advent:


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

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