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By C.F. McGleenon

within the eighteenth century, County Armagh used to be famously known as a truly autonomous county' given the distinct nature of politics and electioneering in parliamentary elections.

This ebook analyses the heritage to, and lines information of common elections and by‐elections for the county and borough seats in Armagh. during this interval ahead of mystery ballots while polls usually lasted for weeks, the next electioneering practices are defined: patronage, canvassing of electorate by means of applicants, family members 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 conflict of pamphlets.

Key political households in Armagh are pointed out who have been seriously concerned and divided on modern nationwide matters reminiscent of not pricey and parliamentary reform, loose alternate, 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 cost 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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