By C.F. McGleenon
This e-book analyses the historical past to, and lines information of common elections and by‐elections for the county and borough seats in Armagh. during this interval prior to mystery ballots while polls frequently lasted for weeks, the subsequent electioneering practices are defined: patronage, canvassing of electorate by way of applicants, family members among landlords and freeholders; 'conjunctions' and 'running horses'; festivities similar to treating of electorate together with delivery 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 corresponding to competitively priced 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 fee of cess and tithes.
From those matters emerged well known 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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'a very independent county': Parliamentary elections and politics in County Armagh, 1750-1800 by C.F. McGleenon