By C.F. McGleenon
In the eighteenth century, County Armagh used to be famously known as a really autonomous county' given the targeted nature of politics and electioneering in parliamentary elections.
This ebook analyses the historical past to, and strains information of common elections and by‐elections for the county and borough seats in Armagh. during this interval sooner than mystery ballots while polls usually lasted for weeks, the subsequent electioneering practices are defined: patronage, canvassing of electorate via applicants, relatives among landlords and freeholders; 'conjunctions' and 'running horses'; festivities reminiscent of treating of citizens together with delivery and lodging, musical bands and parades; violence and intimidation with cudgels, swords and weapons; a paper struggle of pamphlets.
Key political households in Armagh are pointed out who have been seriously concerned and divided on modern nationwide matters equivalent to low-budget and parliamentary reform, unfastened exchange, Catholic aid and Catholic emancipation, union of the Irish and British parliaments.
Social and fiscal matters in Armagh have been intertwined with the politics of the period: faith and society, progress of the linen and cities, agrarian unrest, resentment opposed to money of cess and tithes.
From those matters emerged renowned societies, socio‐economic protest and paramilitary actions: the Oakboys in 1763 and 1772, the Volunteers within the 1780s, sectarian outrages via Fleets, Peep O'Day Boys and Defenders 1784‐90, the United Irish Society and Orange Society within the 1790s.
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