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State of the Union$
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Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258208

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199258201.001.0001

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Ireland's Incorporation: An Ireland's Incorporation: An ‘Excusable Mistake’?

Ireland's Incorporation: An Ireland's Incorporation: An ‘Excusable Mistake’?

(p.61) 3 Ireland's Incorporation: An ‘Excusable Mistake’?
State of the Union

Iain Mclean

Alistair McMillan (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The motives of the pro- and anti-Union forces in Ireland in the years leading to 1800 are analysed. As in Scotland in 1707 they were mixed, but trade, security, and material interests all played a role. Security was the most important consideration on the British side, but the economic gains to be had from integration also featured. The union was stillborn because of King George III’s veto of Catholic emancipation in 1801.

Keywords:   Act of Union 1800, Irish rebellion of 1798, French revolutionary wars, ascendancy, Catholic emancipation, William Pitt, Henry Grattan, royal veto, George III

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