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Donegal Supporters of the Act of Union 1800 - Clonmany Parish, Co Donegal

Compiled from Advertisements in the Belfast Newsletter between 31 Dec 1799 and 17 Jan 1800

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Notes:

This section comprises the names of 3,808 Donegal supporters for the Act of Union, transcribed and compiled by Malcolm from editions of the Belfast Newsletter. Below are the names, in alphabetical order, along with the supporter's townlands. The townlands have been assigned their present name and the parish to which they belong however, please note that there may be a few where this is not certain.

 

While compiling the records, Malcolm gained the impression that many of the major landowners, who all belonged to the established Church of Ireland and the Catholic hierarchy, were foremost in their support and brought along the support of their tenants and congregations for good measure.  When viewed by townland name, groupings become clearer. Where there was no apparent support, for instance from the Marquis of Abercorn, few of his tenants appear on the list.

 

This promises to be a very valuable historical document, with scope for a lot of spin-off studies.

Background

In 1789 the French Revolution began, and in 1793 France declared war against Britain. The ideas of the French Revolution — liberty, equality, fraternity and democracy — plus the religious link, were favoured by the Irish, and Ireland traditionally had been the back door to England. The Irish could see that religious inequality had been abolished in France and that a democratic government had been set up. Irish Roman Catholics wanted equality; Irish Protestants wanted parliamentary reform. Both groups wanted economic reform.

Many moderate Irish politicians wanted Catholic Emancipation and parliamentary reform, but thought that Ireland should support England in the crisis and wanted to preserve the link with Britain. However, there were others who were more extreme in their views. Among these were Theobald Wolfe Tone and Lord Edward Fitzgerald who formed the United Irishmen in 1792 which aimed at "breaking the connection with England, asserting the independence of our country, uniting all Irishmen in place of the denominations of Protestants and Catholics." The organisation tried to unite Dissenters and Catholics against Anglican rule, and it grew rapidly. Pitt moved equally quickly. In 1793 the Irish parliament was persuaded to pass the Catholic Relief Act which gave Catholics the right to vote. Voters still had to be 40/- freeholders, and Roman Catholics, although they could stand as candidates, were not allowed to take a seat in parliament. Catholic voters could realistically only vote for Protestants. Pitt's 1793 Act was only a part-solution.

In 1795 Earl Fitzwilliam was made Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He was a Whig and an Irish absentee landowner who believed that Roman Catholics should have complete political equality. This he announced as a policy which raised hopes in Ireland, but Fitzwilliam was recalled within three months on the King's orders and in disgrace.

After 1795 there were increasing incidents of sectarian violence in Ireland, exacerbated by the attempts of the United Irishmen to enlist French help in their struggle to free Ireland from English control. The Protestants in Ireland formed the Orange to safeguard Protestantism in Ireland which merely escalated the problem.

In May 1798 an Irish rising occurred with the avowed aim of Catholic Emancipation and parliamentary reform. Many peasants joined because they wanted tithes to be abolished; some educated men wanted independence. Pitt believed that Ireland could not be allowed the luxury of an independent parliament, because the Irish might decide on an independent nation and make Ireland a base for England's enemies. Pitt therefore decided on an Act of Union which would totally tie Ireland to Great Britain.

(Source: The Victorian Web)

Also see:

Act of Union Virtual Library

The Act of Union (Ireland) 1800 (full original text)

The Union with Ireland Act 1800 (full original text)

Act of Union (Wikipedia)

Preamble to the List of Supporters

The Subject of Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland having undergone a full and extensive consideration, it is to be presumed that few men are at this day undecided in the opinions on that momentous object.

 
We whose names are undersigned, take this method of conveying to the public our sentiments on that most important question. We are not surprised that different opinions should prevail on a subject so interesting, and so extensive, we therefore hold the sentiments of such of our fellow countrymen as happen to be different from our own, in that just respect that is due to their characters and their property in our country. We deem it however right, at this period to declare our own.
 

The principle of Legislative Union between this Kingdom and Great Britain, founded on equality of trade, equality of protection, equality of constitutional rights and privileges, and equality of taxation, according to the respective wealth and resources of both kingdoms meets with out decided approbation. But while we thus declare our approbation of the general principle, we are not understood to pledge ourselves to the detail. That detail we consider arduous and difficult. However we do not think that the apparent difficulty ought to discourage the efforts to accomplish an object that, in our opinion, will strengthen the Empire at large, allay private discontents and religious animosities in the Kingdom, and bury forever the jealousies that are inseparable from a federal connection between distinct and independent nations.


[The above Declaration has been signed by the following Noblemen and Gentlemen, with about seven hundred others whose names we will insert when we can make more room.]
(Lords) Donegall , Ross Gov., Leitrim , Conyngham , Londonderry , Wicklow , Sudley , Lifford

(Bishops) Frederick Derry , James Raphoe , etc.

 

Name Townland (original) Townland (new)
     
Alexander James Croscon   Crossconnell
Alexander Thos.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Birn James Crossconnell Crossconnell
Bogle Jn. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Bole Wm. Croscon   Crossconnell
Boyd Mat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Boyd Robt. Croscon   Crossconnell
Boyle And.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Boyle Connell Crossconnell Crossconnell
Boyle Dudley Crossconnell Crossconnell
Boyle Ed. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Boyle Fra. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Boyle Js. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Boyle Mich. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Boyle Owen Crossconnell Crossconnell
Boyle Teigue Crossconnell Crossconnell
Brenan Jack. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Brogan Corn. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Brogan Dan. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Brogan Pat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Brotten D. Gaddyduff Gaddyduff
Byrne John Crossconnell Crossconnell
Byrne Mich Crossconnell Crossconnell
Cairns Js. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Campbell Js. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Canan Darby
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Carabane Tho. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Carr Owen Crossconnell Crossconnell
Chesnut James Crossconnell Crossconnell
Chesnut John Crossconnell Crossconnell
Chesnut Pat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Chesnut Wm Jr. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Chesnut Wm.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Conaghan Peter. Croscon   Crossconnell
Conigan Pat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Cooper Mark
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Cooper Wm. Croscon   Crossconnell
Corbit Arch. Croscon   Crossconnell
Coulter Cha. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Crawford Geo. Croscon   Crossconnell
Crocket Thomas. Croscon   Crossconnell
Crockett James Croscon   Crossconnell
Crockett Robert Croscon   Crossconnell
Crockett Wm Jr. Croscon   Crossconnell
Crockett Wm Sr. Croscon   Crossconnell
Cruinber Wm. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Cunningham D. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Cunningham Edw. Croscon   Crossconnell
Cunningham John. Croscon   Crossconnell
Cunningham Wm. Croscon   Crossconnell
Curran Peter Croscon   Crossconnell
Dain John. Croscon   Crossconnell
Darian Wm. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Darian Wm. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Daugherty Anth. Croscon   Crossconnell
Daugherty James Croscon   Crossconnell
Davidson Wm. Croscon   Crossconnell
Davison Thos.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Devein M. Straid   Straid
Dogherty D. Cleagh
  Clehagh
Doherty Ed. Cluntagh Cloontagh
Doherty Mich. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Doherty R. Croscon   Crossconnell
Donlevy Anth. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Donlevy James Crossconnell Crossconnell
Dormond Arth.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Dougherty A. Ballyliffin   Ballyliffin
Dougherty Cha. Altehalla   Altahalla
Dougherty E. A.Ville Adderville
Dougherty Geo. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Dougherty Jn. A.Ville Adderville
Downing Andrew Croscon   Crossconnell
Downing John. Croscon   Crossconnell
Duffey Barney
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Dun Moses Croscon   Crossconnell
Dunnian Mich. Croscon   Crossconnell
Durrion Chas. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Dysart James Croscon   Crossconnell
Elliot C. Gortnasillagh Gort
Ewing Sam.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Freele Darley Crossconnell Crossconnell
Freele Js.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Galagher Dan. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Gallagher Jas.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Gallagher Js. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Gallagher Pat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Gibbons Thomas Croscon   Crossconnell
Gillespy Chars. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Gillespy Murria Crossconnell Crossconnell
Gilloshy Neil
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Glacken Connel Croscon   Crossconnell
Glacken Edw Jr. Croscon   Crossconnell
Glacken Edw. Croscon   Crossconnell
Glacken Hu Sr.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Glacken Pat Sr. Croscon   Crossconnell
Glacken Pat. Croscon   Crossconnell
Glackin Hu Jr. Croscon   Crossconnell
Glaken Pat. Croscon   Crossconnell
Griffith Albert Crossconnell Crossconnell
Griffith Geo. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Griffith Thos. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Harken Tho Sr. Croscon   Crossconnell
Harkin John. Croscon   Crossconnell
Harkin Tho Jr. Croscon   Crossconnell
Harley Dan.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Haroughey Js. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Hartan Owen
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Hasaughy Neil Crossconnell Crossconnell
Haughey Ed. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Haughey Owen Crossconnell Crossconnell
Haughey Owen Sr.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Haughey Wm. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Jenny Jn. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Jenny Miles
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Jollon Denis T.leoagh Tullagh
Karkin John
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Kearon Mich.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Keeney Owen Croscon   Crossconnell
Kelly Ant. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Kelly Chas. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Kelly Dan. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Kelly Ed.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Kelly Jn. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Kenedy James. Croscon   Crossconnell
Kennedy Ed.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Kenny Mich. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Kilpatrick Geo. Croscon   Crossconnell
Kilpatrick Wm. Croscon   Crossconnell
Kirk Dan Jr. Croscon   Crossconnell
Kirk Geo Jr. Croscon   Crossconnell
Kirk James Croscon   Crossconnell
Laird James
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Lockard And. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Love Jas. Croscon   Crossconnell
Love Wm. Croscon   Crossconnell
Lowery Hugh Croscon   Crossconnell
Lynch W.
 Cluntagh.   Cloontagh
Macham John Croscon   Crossconnell
Macklen Bryan. Croscon   Crossconnell
Maguire Tho.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Mahon John
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Mahon Robt.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Margy Jn. Croscon   Crossconnell
Marshal Jas. Croscon   Crossconnell
Marshall John Croscon   Crossconnell
Marshall Sam.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Mason Geo.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Mason John Croscon   Crossconnell
Maxwell Jn.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
McBrearty Dan Croscon   Crossconnell
McBrearty John
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
McBrearty Robert
 Croscon   Crossconnell
McBrearty Tom Croscon   Crossconnell
McBrearty Wm. Croscon   Crossconnell
McBrearty Wm. Croscon   Crossconnell
McBride Jr. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McBride R Sr. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McCadon Bryan Crossconnell Crossconnell
McCahill Con. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McCahill Jn. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McCallog Tague
 Croscon   Crossconnell
McCarron Bryan Croscon   Crossconnell
McClean Anth. Croscon   Crossconnell
McClean John
 Croscon   Crossconnell
McCleland James. Croscon   Crossconnell
McCleland Sam. Croscon   Crossconnell
McClosky Art. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McColgan B. Carricslarchy   Carrickabraghy
McCollien Fra Jr. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McCollien Fra.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
McCollien Pat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McCollien Wm. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McConnell Chas.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
McConnell Jn. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McConnell Rich. Croscon   Crossconnell
McConnell Robt. Croscon   Crossconnell
McCorkle Geo. Croscon   Crossconnell
McCrea Robert Croscon   Crossconnell
McCue Henry Crossconnell Crossconnell
McCue Jn. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McCue Js. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McEntrie Owen Crossconnell Crossconnell
McFadin John Crossconnell Crossconnell
McGara Pat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McGetlegan Js. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McGlanoughy J Jr. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McGlanoughy J Sr.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
McGonigle Hugh Croscon   Crossconnell
McGonigle Wm. Croscon   Crossconnell
McGonigle Wm.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
McGraorty Cha. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McKane Moses Croscon   Crossconnell
McKee Alex. Croscon   Crossconnell
McKee Andrew
 Croscon   Crossconnell
McKee Chas.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
McKee James Croscon   Crossconnell
McKennitt Rt. Croscon   Crossconnell
McLoney W. C,Bragh Carrickabraghy
McLoughlin Wm. Croscon   Crossconnell
McMonigle Darby
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
McMonigle Fran. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McMonigle John Crossconnell Crossconnell
McNeiles Owen Crossconnell Crossconnell
McNeilus Tho. Crossconnell Crossconnell
McNought John
 Croscon   Crossconnell
McRab John Croscon   Crossconnell
McRab Sam. Croscon   Crossconnell
McRab Wm.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
McSwine Owen
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Mearren J.
 Altehalla   Altahalla
Meehan Donald Crossconnell Crossconnell
Meehan Js.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Meehan Pat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Meehan Shase.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Meehan Teague
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Meneely Js. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Metcalf Jas. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Michan Hu. Croscon   Crossconnell
Mickey Jugh Crossconnell Crossconnell
Mitchell Jas. Croscon   Crossconnell
Mitchell John Croscon   Crossconnell
Mitchell Robert Croscon   Crossconnell
Mitchell Sam. Croscon   Crossconnell
Monaghan Den. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Monaghan J. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Monaghan Pt. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Montgomery Robt. Croscon   Crossconnell
Montgommery Wm. Croscon   Crossconnell
Moohan Ha. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Moohan J.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Moohan Owen. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Moohan Pat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Moore David. Croscon   Crossconnell
Morherall John Sr. Croscon   Crossconnell
Neilis Edward Croscon   Crossconnell
O’Donell M. Leenan   Lenan
O’Donell Mans. Leenan   Lenan
O’Donell Pat.
 Leenan   Lenan
O’Donnell Edw. Crossconnell Crossconnell
O’Donnell Jn. Leenan   Lenan
O’Donnell Js. Crossconnell Crossconnell
O’Donnell Ju. Crossconnell Crossconnell
O’Donnell Nat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
O’Donnell Rog.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
O’Sheil C.
 Clonmany   Clonmany Glebe
Philips John Croscon   Crossconnell
Porter Andrew Croscon   Crossconnell
Porter Jas. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Porter John Crossconnell Crossconnell
Porter Joseph. Croscon   Crossconnell
Porter Pat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Porter Pat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Porter Wm. Croscon   Crossconnell
Ramsey Robert Croscon   Crossconnell
Rogers James
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Scott Hu. Croscon   Crossconnell
Scott James Croscon   Crossconnell
Scott James Jr. Croscon   Crossconnell
Scott Jn.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Scott Rich. Croscon   Crossconnell
Scott Robt. Croscon   Crossconnell
Scott Thomas Croscon   Crossconnell
Scott Wm.
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Sharkey J. T.leoagh Tullagh
Sinclair Malcom Magherard.   Magheranaul
Smyth John Croscon   Crossconnell
Stewart Robt. Croscon   Crossconnell
Strong Arthur
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Sweeny Neile Jr. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Sweeny Neile
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Sweeny Pat. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Sweeny Rowland. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Swiney Roger
 Croscon   Crossconnell
Symer Ardis Crossconnell Crossconnell
Thompson Anth. Croscon   Crossconnell
Thomson Henry Croscon   Crossconnell
Thomson John. Croscon   Crossconnell
Trule Mich. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Waugh Js.
 Crossconnell Crossconnell
Waugh Tho. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Waugh Wm. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Williams Geo. Crossconnell Crossconnell
Woods James
 Croscon   Crossconnell
   

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