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A Very Independent County: Parliamentary Elections and by C.F. McGleenon

By C.F. McGleenon

In the eighteenth century, County Armagh used to be famously often called a really autonomous county' given the particular nature of politics and electioneering in parliamentary elections.

This e-book analyses the heritage to, and strains information of normal elections and by‐elections for the county and borough seats in Armagh. during this interval sooner than mystery ballots while polls frequently lasted for weeks, the subsequent electioneering practices are defined: patronage, canvassing of electorate via applicants, family among landlords and freeholders; 'conjunctions' and 'running horses'; festivities comparable to treating of electorate 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 resembling within your budget and parliamentary reform, loose alternate, Catholic reduction and Catholic emancipation, union of the Irish and British parliaments.

Social and financial 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 cost of cess and tithes.

From those concerns emerged renowned societies, socio‐economic protest and paramilitary actions: the Oakboys in 1763 and 1772, the Volunteers within the 1780s, sectarian outrages by means of Fleets, Peep O'Day Boys and Defenders 1784‐90, the United Irish Society and Orange Society within the 1790s.

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