Ireland's Incorporation: An Ireland's Incorporation: An ‘Excusable Mistake’?

Iain Mclean and Alistair McMillan

in State of the Union

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199258208
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603334 | DOI:
Ireland's Incorporation: An Ireland's Incorporation: An ‘Excusable Mistake’?

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The motives of the pro- and anti-Union forces in Ireland in the years leading to 1800 are analysed. As in Scotland in 1707 they were mixed, but trade, security, and material interests all played a role. Security was the most important consideration on the British side, but the economic gains to be had from integration also featured. The union was stillborn because of King George III’s veto of Catholic emancipation in 1801.

Keywords: Act of Union 1800; Irish rebellion of 1798; French revolutionary wars; ascendancy; Catholic emancipation; William Pitt; Henry Grattan; royal veto; George III

Chapter.  12388 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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