‘A Scotch Parnellite Party’: Land, Home Rule and the Third Reform Act

Andrew G. Newby

in Ireland, Radicalism, and the Scottish Highlands, c.1870-1912

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623754
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653645 | DOI:
‘A Scotch Parnellite Party’: Land, Home Rule and the Third Reform Act

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Throughout Britain and Ireland, the Third Reform Act — finally enacted in 1884 after several delays, with a redistribution of constituencies following in 1885 — extended the vote to all male householders, and some lodgers, many for the first time. The radicals recognised a tremendous opportunity, and had been organising throughout the country in anticipation. The Highlands and Islands witnessed a vast increase in the electorate and the development of a small body of candidates who, with land reform at the top of their agendas, subsequently became known as ‘Crofter M.P.s’.

Keywords: Third Reform Act; radicals; land reform; Crofter MPs

Chapter.  9675 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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