By C.F. McGleenon
In the eighteenth century, County Armagh was once famously known as a really self reliant county' given the detailed nature of politics and electioneering in parliamentary elections.
This e-book analyses the heritage to, and strains information of basic elections and by‐elections for the county and borough seats in Armagh. during this interval prior to mystery ballots while polls usually lasted for weeks, the next electioneering practices are defined: patronage, canvassing of electorate by way of applicants, relatives among landlords and freeholders; 'conjunctions' and 'running horses'; festivities reminiscent of treating of electorate together with delivery and lodging, musical bands and parades; violence and intimidation with cudgels, swords and weapons; a paper warfare of pamphlets.
Key political households in Armagh are pointed out who have been seriously concerned and divided on modern nationwide concerns resembling low-priced and parliamentary reform, loose 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 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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