The Evolution of Organized Unionism, 1884–1885

Alvin Jackson

in Colonel Edward Saunderson

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780198204985
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676437 | DOI:
The Evolution of Organized Unionism, 1884–1885

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This chapter discusses Saunderson’s leadership of Unionism. The reforms of 1884–5 were an achievement for a rigorous, integrationist, Unionism. A uniform householder and ledger franchise was created for the entire United Kingdom. Irish Toryism was seriously divided in its attitude towards the new government, but Saunderson emerged as one of those most thoroughly suspicious and critical of its intentions. Beside the ambiguities of his stand on the religious question, Saunderson’s belief in an independent loyalism was more sharply defined. But his greatest achievement was to promote the emergence of an independent Irish Unionist party in parliament.

Keywords: Unionism; reforms of 1884; independent loyalism; Irish Unionist party

Chapter.  5663 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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