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Robert Erskine Childers
Childers in uniform of the City Imperial Volunteers (CIV), 1899
Teachta Dála
In office
May 1921 – June 1922
Constituency Kildare–Wicklow
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Robert Erskine Childers

(1870-06-25)25 June 1870
Mayfair, London, England
Died 24 November 1922(1922-11-24) (aged 52)
Beggars Bush Barracks, Dublin, Ireland
Cause of death Execution
Resting place Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin
Mary Alden Osgood (m. 1904–1922)
Children 3, including Erskine
  • Robert Caesar Childers
  • Anna Mary Henrietta Barton
  • Erskine Barton Childers (grandson)
  • Nessa Childers (granddaughter)
  • Hugh Childers (cousin)
  • Robert Barton (cousin)
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Robert Erskine Childers DSC (25 June 1870 – 24 November 1922), usually known as Erskine Childers, was an English-born Irish writer, whose works included the influential novel The Riddle of the Sands. He became a supporter of Irish Republicanism and smuggled guns into Ireland in his sailing yacht Asgard. He was executed by the authorities of the nascent Irish Free State during the Irish Civil War. He was the son of British Orientalist scholar Robert Caesar Childers; the cousin of Hugh Childers and Robert Barton; and the father of the fourth President of Ireland, Erskine Hamilton Childers.

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