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Ulster Presbyterians and the Scots Irish Diaspora, 1750–1764 by B. Bankhurst

By B. Bankhurst

Bankhurst examines how information in regards to the violent fight to regulate the borderlands of British North the USA among 1740 and 1760 resonated between groups in eire with familial hyperlinks to the colonies. This paintings considers how extreme Irish press assurance and American fundraising drives in eire produced empathy between Ulster Presbyterians.

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48 Walsh was later cleared of the charge by the session. Whether true or fabricated, Macre’s testimony revealed that American emigration factored into the popular imagination, if not possible life strategies, of Monaghan Presbyterians. Emigration as a romanticized form of escape was a theme in a series of poems published locally by a printer named John Brown in the 1780s. This cheap chapbook literature was widely popular. The poems themselves were sung to the tune of well-known 20 Ulster Presbyterians and the Scots Irish Diaspora songs.

When the second son, Walter Jr, died on 24 June 1803, Macartney believed that he could finally raise rents on the property. He was denied the ability upon hearing word from a returned emigrant that John Lyle was still alive in Pennsylvania. An affidavit was sworn by John Lyle himself on 7 November 1803 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and Macartney was deprived of his chance. 69 In 1753 the first guidebook for Irish emigrants, entitled America Dissected, was published in Dublin. The pamphlet consisted of three letters written by James MacSparran, an Anglican minister in Rhode Island, to friends in Ireland.

70 The title-page of America Dissected advertised the reasons for its printing. 72 Yet despite the negative images conjured up by the title-page, the pamphlet was not solely a polemic against migration. It also included useful information about the climate, demography and character of the various colonies. MacSparran admitted that those prepared to work could improve their lot in America. 74 Such objectivity was acceptable while annual migration remained steady. After the war Presbyterian emigration again began to rise to worrying levels.

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