The Saunderson Family and Electoral Politics, 1692–1865

Alvin Jackson

in Colonel Edward Saunderson

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780198204985
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676437 | DOI:
The Saunderson Family and Electoral Politics, 1692–1865

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This chapter discusses Saunderson’s political preoccupations in the historical traditions of his family. His attitude to Irish Catholicism and to Nationalist aspirations owed much to the historical interrelationship between his own clan and the O’Reillys. The imperfect nature of the Cavan plantation and the lingering resentful presence of the O’Reillys gave an edge to Saunderson’s convictions; but while he was in many ways indebted to these Gaelic precursors, his conception of politics and of parliamentary responsibility was tailored by other more immediate influences.

Keywords: Irish Catholicism; Nationalist aspirations; O’Reillys; politics; parliamentary responsibility

Chapter.  3729 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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