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Ulster Historical Foundation Richard Macmaster - Flaxseed and Emigrants: Scotch-Irish Merchants in Eighteenth-century America Ulster Historical Foundation Richard Macmaster - Flaxseed and Emigrants: Scotch-Irish Merchants in Eighteenth-century America

Pages: 324, Paperback, Ulster Historical Foundation

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Ulster Historical Foundation Michael Cox - Overlooking the River Mourne: Four Centuries of Family Farms in Edymore and Cavanlee Co. Tyrone Ulster Historical Foundation Michael Cox - Overlooking the River Mourne: Four Centuries of Family Farms in Edymore and Cavanlee Co. Tyrone

Pages: 174, Paperback, Ulster Historical Foundation

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Ulster Historical Foundation Eileen Black - Window to an age: A chronicle of art in Belfast Ulster Historical Foundation Eileen Black - Window to an age: A chronicle of art in Belfast

Pages: 494, Hardcover, Ulster Historical Foundation

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Ulster Historical Foundation Philip S. Robinson - The Plantation of Ulster: British Settlement in an Irish Landscape, 1600-1670 Ulster Historical Foundation Philip S. Robinson - The Plantation of Ulster: British Settlement in an Irish Landscape, 1600-1670

During the reign of James I, an official scheme was drawn up for the 'plantation' of designated areas in west Ulster. However, the actual area settled by the new colonists was much more extensive. With them came innovation. A radical transformation of the landscape began. The spread of a market-based rural economy resulted in a quite spectacular growth in urbanisation. Permanent dwellings of a more sophisticated construction became the norm in many areas, and around the towns new field patterns emerged. The spread of hedged enclosures heralded innovations in agricultural methods, tools, livestock, and systems of land tenure. In a more abstract sense, the settlers also brought with them a new language, new surnames, new religion and of course a change in political and historical allegiances. This account of the plantation landscape shows how colonisation on the ground was not as much influenced either by the London Government or by the new landowners as has often been assumed. Environmental factors proved more important than governmental controls in shaping the emerging settlement pattern. The author also demonstrates how seeds of bitterness were quickly sown between the Protestant settlers and the Catholic natives whom they had displaced, with consequences that last to this day.

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Ulster Historical Foundation W.A. Maguire - Captain Cohonny: Constantine Maguire of Tempo (Belfast Society publication series) Ulster Historical Foundation W.A. Maguire - Captain Cohonny: Constantine Maguire of Tempo (Belfast Society publication series)

The Maguires of Tempo, whose substantial estate dated from the Ulster Plantation in 1610, were the only gaelic family in Fermanagh to survive the upheavals of the next two centuries with their property more or less intact. By the time Constantine Maguire - the subject of this book - inherited in 1800, however, only a fraction remained. The extraordinary story of this resourceful, not to say ruthless, man's struggle to retain his social standing - in the course of which he married a famous courtesan and then fell in love with a mistress of his own (who lived with him for the seven years he chose to stay in the debtors' prison in Dublin) - reads like a novel of the period. His brutal murder in Tipperary in 1834 was a suitably gothic finishing touch to a rackety career. At a more serious level, the tale of Captain Cohonny' throws useful light on some obscure aspects of life and death in early nineteenth century Ireland.

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Ulster Historical Foundation David Stevenson - Scottish Covenanters and Irish Confederates: Scottish-Irish Relations in the Mid-Seventeenth Century Ulster Historical Foundation David Stevenson - Scottish Covenanters and Irish Confederates: Scottish-Irish Relations in the Mid-Seventeenth Century

The New Scots, the men of the army the Scottish covenanters sent to Ireland, were the most formidable opponents of the Irish confederates for several crucial years in the 1640s, preventing them conquering all Ireland and destroying the Protestant plantation in Ulster. The greatest challenge to the power of the covenanters in Scotland at a time when they seemed invincible came from a largely Irish army, sent to Scotland by the confederates and commanded by the royalist marquis of Montrose. Thus the relations of Scotland and Ireland are clearly of great importance in understanding the complex 'War of the Three Kingdoms' and the interactions of the civil wars and revolutions of England, Scotland and Ireland in the mid-seventeenth century. But though historians have studied Anglo-Scottish and Anglo-Irish relations extensively, Scottish-Irish relations have been largely neglected. Scottish Covenanters and Irish Confederates attempts to fill this gap, and in doing so provides the first comprehensive study of the Scottish Army in Ireland.

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Ulster Historical Foundation Michael Montgomery - From Ulster to America: Scotch - Irish Heritage of American English (Reprint) Ulster Historical Foundation Michael Montgomery - From Ulster to America: Scotch - Irish Heritage of American English (Reprint)

Over the last 350 years, Ireland has sent a constant stream of emigrants to North America. Estimates range from 6 to 10 million. Each emigrant spoke English, Irish, or Ulster Scots. Many indeed used two of these tongues. One of the most formative chapters in this fascinating story is the often-overlooked arrival of perhaps 200,000 people from Ulster in the colonial era, specifically in the sixty years before the American Revolution. This book recounts the lasting impact they made on the development of the,English language of the United States from the 18th century to the present day. It documents nearly 400 terms and meanings, each with quotations from both sides of the Atlantic, that were contributed to American English by these 18th-century settlers from Ulster. Drawing on letters they sent back to their homeland and on other archival documents associated with their settlement, including local fiction and poetry, it shows that Ulster emigrants and their children, who settled mainly in the American interior, gave as much to regional American English as any other group from the Old World. Its pages contain many pleasant surprises: readers will find terms both instantly recognisable and unfamiliar. The numerous quotations not only bring alive the speech of earlier days on both sides of the Atlantic but also extend our understanding of the culture, mannerisms and life of those pioneering times and, through the spoken and written word, poignantly link the past with the present.

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Ulster Historical Foundation Jonathan Bardon - The Struggle for Shared Schools in Northern Ireland: The History of All Children Together Ulster Historical Foundation Jonathan Bardon - The Struggle for Shared Schools in Northern Ireland: The History of All Children Together

Starting out as a small but energetic and, above all, committed group of parents in County Down in the early 1970s, All Children Together (ACT) believed that, as long as children continued to be educated separately, there was little hope of healing the festering wounds in a society blighted by bitter division. This is the story of the pioneers of the integrated education movement in Northern Ireland. The book chronicles how ACT faced powerful establishment resistance - both clerical and lay - to a vision that would see children of all religions and no religion educated together. At the political level it describes how, crucially, ACT persuaded Westminster to pass enabling legislation in 1978. Then, in 1981, came the great leap of faith with the establishment of what would become the flagship of the movement, Lagan College, with a mere 28 pupils. Thereafter ACT embarked on a programme to convince government to make funds available to parent groups, wishing to do so, to found integrated schools. Despite frequent setbacks the movement developed at an impressive pace until, by September 2008, there were 19,183 pupils in 62 schools in every part of Northern Ireland. Jonathan Bardon has spoken to many of those involved from the outset in the campaigns for shared schools, and trawled through reports, newspapers, the unpublished records of ACT and government files recently opened under the 30-year rule. What emerges is a remarkable tale of determination, tenacity, courage, dedication and, above all, vision by ordinary men and women from both sides of the religious divide. Their example moved Lord Mawhinney to describe them as 'among the first genuine peace people'. Indeed, it could be said that no account of the Troubles is complete if it omits the story of All Children Together, a story that has given Northern Ireland a platform on which to build a post-conflict society based on respect for all traditions and religions.

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Ulster Historical Foundation Penal Era & Golden Age: Essays in Irish History, 1690-1800 (Ulster Historical Foundation Reprint) Ulster Historical Foundation Penal Era & Golden Age: Essays in Irish History, 1690-1800 (Ulster Historical Foundation Reprint)

First published in 1979 as a tribute to the late Professor J.C. Beckett, this volume of original essays on the history of 18th-century Ireland was conceived both as an exercise in revision, challenging accepted orthodoxies, and as an attempt to open up new areas of study in a period grown stale with competing cliches: the "penal era" for Catholic Ireland which was also the "golden age" of Protestant Ascendancy. As a collection, these essays may fairly be said to have inaugurated a new era in the writing of 18th-century Irish history, as well as launching the careers of a generation of young scholars, a number of whom have gone on to establish themselves as leading authorities in the period. 25 years on, the volume still stands as a landmark, the impact and freshness of the essays undiminished.

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Ulster Historical Foundation Marie Duddy - The Call of the North: A History of the Sisters of Mercy, Down and Connor Diocese, Ireland Ulster Historical Foundation Marie Duddy - The Call of the North: A History of the Sisters of Mercy, Down and Connor Diocese, Ireland

The Sisters of Mercy arrived in Belfast from Dublin in 1854 at a time when, in the wake of the devastating Famine, the town's industrial growth was beginning to present the range of social problems that would become all-too-common. From the outset, the Sisters threw themselves into the educational and social work for which they would soon become renowned. They concerned themselves primarily with the care of females, particularly their education as a means of helping them escape from overpowering poverty. Thousands of children and young people have looked back in later life with gratitude at the education they received in the 'Mercy Convent Schools'. The widely-renowned and highly regarded Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast remains a flagship monument to the work of the Mercy Sisters in the field of nursing and medical care. From their arrival, the Sisters became fully involved in the Works of Mercy in Down and Connor Diocese and, in later years, in the missions in Nigeria and Iceland. The apostolates of the Sisters were in education, in all its aspects, in nursing and in all forms of social work. From the 1960s onwards, the impact of the Second Vatican Council was felt throughout the Catholic world and as a consequence renewal and developments took place in the Mercy Congregation. From the autonomous diocesan units that were characteristic of the original Mercy structures, the congregation has now become global in perspective. In 1994, the Down and Connor Mercy communities became members of the Mercy Ireland Union, now part of a wider international sisterhood which nobly and often heroically continues the Works of Mercy wherever their presence is needed. The recent sesquicentenary in 2004 was a timely opportunity to recognise and pay due homage to the enormous significance of the social and counselling role of these 'walking nuns' over the last 150 years.

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