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In the Wake of the Great RebellionRepublicanism, Agrarianism and Banditry in Ireland After 1798$
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James G. Patterson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719076930

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719076930.001.0001

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Antrim and Down: an introduction

Antrim and Down: an introduction

(p.15) 1 Antrim and Down: an introduction
In the Wake of the Great Rebellion

James G. Patterson

Manchester University Press

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

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