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The Wild Geese

Specifically, the Flight of the Wild Geese refers to the departure of an Irish army under the command of Patrick Sarsfield from Ireland to France, as agreed in the Treaty of Limerick in 1691, following his defeat during the Williamite Wars. However more broadly, the term "Wild Geese" has become a more general term used in Irish history that refers to Irish soldiers who left Ireland to serve as mercenaries in European armies in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.