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Field Marshal Sir Henry WilsonA Political Soldier$
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Keith Jeffery

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239672.001.0001

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The Irish context

The Irish context

(p.1) 1 The Irish context
Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson


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Henry Wilson was born on May 5, 1864, at the family home of Currygrane, situated between Ballinalee and Edgeworthstown (Mostrim), county Longford in the midlands of Ireland. Although the equation of Protestantism with unionism, and Catholicism with nationalism, has never been absolute, Protestant religious belief has always been a central feature of the Anglo-Irish community. Beyond Ulster, where Scottish Presbyterianism is strong, by far the largest Protestant denomination is the Church of Ireland, which is part of the Anglican Communion. Although the evidence in these matters can never be absolutely reliable, Henry Wilson appears to have been a believer, and he was certainly a regular churchgoer. He also held sometimes quite forcefully expressed views about Catholics.

Keywords:   Currygrane, Ireland, Protestantism, unionism, Catholicism, nationalism, Church of Ireland

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