By C.F. McGleenon
In the eighteenth century, County Armagh was once famously known as a really self sustaining county' given the particular nature of politics and electioneering in parliamentary elections.
This e-book analyses the historical past to, and strains info of common elections and by‐elections for the county and borough seats in Armagh. during this interval prior to mystery ballots whilst polls usually lasted for weeks, the subsequent electioneering practices are defined: patronage, canvassing of electorate by way of applicants, kin among landlords and freeholders; 'conjunctions' and 'running horses'; festivities reminiscent of treating of electorate together with shipping and lodging, musical bands and parades; violence and intimidation with cudgels, swords and weapons; a paper battle of pamphlets.
Key political households in Armagh are pointed out who have been seriously concerned and divided on modern nationwide concerns resembling comparatively cheap and parliamentary reform, loose exchange, Catholic aid and Catholic emancipation, union of the Irish and British parliaments.
Social and financial concerns in Armagh have been intertwined with the politics of the period: faith and society, development of the linen and cities, agrarian unrest, resentment opposed to money of cess and tithes.
From those concerns emerged well known societies, socio‐economic protest and paramilitary actions: the Oakboys in 1763 and 1772, the Volunteers within the 1780s, sectarian outrages through Fleets, Peep O'Day Boys and Defenders 1784‐90, the United Irish Society and Orange Society within the 1790s.
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A Very Independent County: Parliamentary Elections and Politics in County Armagh, 1750-1800 by C.F. McGleenon