The Presbyterians of Ulster, 1680-1730
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272 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

13 b/w, 5 line illus.

Series: Irish Historical Monographs

Series Vol. Number: 10

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Presbyterians of Ulster, 1680-1730

by Robert Whan

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A comprehensive survey and analysis of the Presbyterian community in its important formative period.

The Presbyterian community in Ulster was created by waves of immigration, massively reinforced in the 1690s as Scots fled successive poor harvests and famine, and by 1700 Presbyterians formed the largest Protestant community in the north of Ireland. This book is a comprehensive survey and analysis of the Presbyterian community in this important formative period. It shows how the Presbyterians formed a highly organised, self-confident community which exercised a rigorous discipline over its members and had a well-developed intellectual life. It considers the various social groups within the community, demonstrating how the always small aristocratic and gentry component dwindled andwas virtually extinct by the 1730s, the Presbyterians deriving their strength from the middling sorts - clergy, doctors, lawyers, merchants, traders and, in particular, successful farmers and those active in the rapidly growing linen trades - and among the laborious poor. It discusses how Presbyterians were part of the economically dynamic element of Irish society; how they took the lead in the emigration movement to the American colonies; and how they maintained links with Scotland and related to other communities, in Ireland and elsewhere. Later in the eighteenth century, the Presbyterian community went on to form the backbone of the Republican, separatist movement.

ROBERT WHAN obtained his Ph.D. in History from Queen's University, Belfast.
Introduction
Ministers
Gentry
Merchants and commerce
The Professions
The Lower Orders
Organisation and religious practice
Conclusion
"An impressively detailed social history.[W]ritten with great clarity.it is a fine achievement." REVUE D'HISTOIRE ECCLÉSIASTIQUE
"A significant work [and] a rewarding read." STUDIA HIBERNICA
"Whan corrects an imbalance in Irish historiography by recovering Presbyterian polity as a valid Protestant community, thereby broadening traditional scholarly preoccupation with Anglican issues." CHOICE
"Whan has succeeded in . . . [creating] a needed portrait of Ulster Presbyterians and their social structure in a crucially formative period, helping us to grasp the transformation of Scots settlers into Ulster Presbyterians." E-KELTOI

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Title Details

272 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

13 b/w, 5 line illus.

Series: Irish Historical Monographs

Series Vol. Number: 10

Imprint: Boydell Press