By C.F. McGleenon
In the eighteenth century, County Armagh used to be famously known as a really autonomous county' given the detailed nature of politics and electioneering in parliamentary elections.
This booklet analyses the heritage to, and strains information of common 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 citizens via applicants, family members among landlords and freeholders; 'conjunctions' and 'running horses'; festivities akin to 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 matters comparable to affordable and parliamentary reform, loose exchange, Catholic aid and Catholic emancipation, union of the Irish and British parliaments.
Social and fiscal 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 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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