By C.F. McGleenon
This ebook 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 earlier than mystery ballots while polls usually lasted for weeks, the subsequent electioneering practices are defined: patronage, canvassing of citizens by way of applicants, family among landlords and freeholders; 'conjunctions' and 'running horses'; festivities akin to 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 concerns resembling most economical and parliamentary reform, unfastened exchange, 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 check 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 by way of Fleets, Peep O'Day Boys and Defenders 1784‐90, the United Irish Society and Orange Society within the 1790s.
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