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Abercorn

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The family's Irish history began when James Hamilton of Linlithgow (d. 1618), created ist earl of Abercorn in the Scottish peerage in 1606, was granted lands in Co. Tyrone. His...

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Abraham Shackleton

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(1697–1771), an English-born Quaker who came to Ireland as a tutor and subsequently set up a highly regarded school at Ballitore, Co. Kildare, which was continued by his son Richardnull...

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absentees

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Concern over the failure of Irish proprietors to reside in the country has a long history, somewhat misleading in its apparent continuity. In the medieval period, particularly in the 14th...

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accountancy

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The term accountant was first used in Ireland in 1761; the first accountancy partnership was formed in the 1790s. In 1888 the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland was founded ...

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Act for Adventurers

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Passed by the English parliament in February 1642, in a notable assertion of its claim to legislate for Ireland, in order to finance the suppression of the rising of 1641. ...

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Act of Explanation

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(1665),

passed by the Irish parliament to resolve the problems created by the Act of Settlement. Grantees under the Cromwellian land settlement were required to surrender one‐third...

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Act of Resumption

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(1700),

the concluding stage of the Williamite confiscations. Pushed through by opposition groups in the English parliament, it cancelled the royal grants by which William III had...

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Act of Union

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1801.

United the parliaments of Great Britain and Ireland, abolished the Irish Parliament in Dublin, and ended Irish legislative independence granted in 1782. The Act originated...

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Acts of Resumption

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A contentious feature of the politics of later medieval Ireland which may be set alongside taxation and absenteeism as an issue that helped to focus the developing political self‐awareness...

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Adam Averell

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(1754–1847), Methodist minister. Born in Co. Tyrone and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Averell was ordained into the Church of Ireland in 1777. However, he did not take up clerical...

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