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Negotiating TolerationDissent and the Hanoverian Succession, 1714-1760$
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Nigel Aston and Benjamin Bankurst

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198804222

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804222.001.0001

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The Politics of Dissenting Demography in Ireland, 1690–1735

The Politics of Dissenting Demography in Ireland, 1690–1735

(p.168) 8 The Politics of Dissenting Demography in Ireland, 1690–1735
Negotiating Toleration

Benjamin Bankhurst

Oxford University Press

The era of the Hanoverian Succession was a period of rapid demographic change in Ireland. The arrival of 90,000 Scots pushed the extent of Presbyterian influence in Ulster well beyond its heartland in the northeast. This stoked concerns within the Church of Ireland of a possible Presbyterian coup like the one that befallen the Scottish Church in 1690. The fear of expansionist Dissent faded in the years after the death of Queen Anne when Irish Presbyterians began sailing en masse to the American Colonies. Irish Presbyterians were quick to capitalize on Ascendency concerns regarding perceived Protestant decline in their efforts to repeal the Test Act of 1704. This essay examines the changing debate over Dissenter demography in the works of William Tisdall and Jonathan Swift. It argues that Protestant anxieties regarding fluctuations in Dissenting numbers influenced the larger political debates in early eighteenth-century Ireland.

Keywords:   Dissent, Ireland, William Tisdall, Jonathan Swift, Ulster Presbyterians, Hanoverian Succession, Queen Anne

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