Antrim and Down: an introduction

James G. Patterson

in In the Wake of the Great Rebellion

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780719076930
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700822 | DOI:
Antrim and Down: an introduction

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This chapter introduces Antrim and Down. Historians have traditionally considered the non-sectarian republicanism of the United Irish movement in east Ulster to have died a sudden death in the wake of the crushing defeat of the rebel armies of Antrim and Down in June 1798. The traditional view also holds that the Presbyterians of the two counties, who had been at the heart of the movement from its inception seven years earlier, made a rapid transition from rebel to loyalist often embracing the Orange Order in the process. Completing this model is the re-emergence of Defenderism, which, with equal speed, reverted to its Catholic sectarian roots. The untimely demise of northern republicanism is attributed to several factors, including the increasing distrust of the methods and motives of the United Irishmen's French allies and the impact of government-sanctioned repression.

Keywords: Antrim and Down; introduction; non-sectarian republicanism; United Irish movement; Presbyterians

Chapter.  4955 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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